Leasehold and commonhold reform

This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The 2017 Government committed to legislate in this area “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. The Conservative Manifesto 2019 contained a pledge to “continue with our reforms to leasehold.” The paper was updated to include new statistics released in September 2019. …

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What is affordable housing?

This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. The paper has been updated to include new data on housing affordability. …

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Rough sleepers: access to services and support (England)

Rough sleepers are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, many with high levels of complex and interrelated needs. This paper provides an overview of the support and services – including accommodation, health, welfare, training, employment and voter registration – that are available for rough sleepers in England, and the challenges rough sleepers can face in accessing them. …

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The end of ‘no fault’ section 21 evictions

This paper provides background on the use of section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 to evict assured shorthold tenants on a ‘no-fault’ basis. The Government is consulting on its abolition; the paper considers the implications for landlords and tenants and early reactions to the Government’s proposals. …

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