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Building Safety Bill published


The Building Safety Bill was published on 5 July 2021 and has received its First Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill marks out significant changes to the way residential buildings should be constructed and maintained in the future.

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Retention of Right to Buy receipts - new guidance

Following the announcement of changes to the rules governing the use of capital receipts from the sale of council homes under the Right to Buy (RTB receipts), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now issued revised guidance on the use of RTB receipts.

ARCH/NFA Welfare Reform Survey 2021

This year’s ARCH/ NFA Welfare Reform Survey “Heads Above Water” published on 30 June 2021 finds little increase in council housing debt but detects symptoms of a ,so far, less obvious and worrying pandemic impact that may soon drive up rent arrears across the social housing sector.

Help for tenants faced with ASB

Government has published an online document as part of the commitment in the Social Housing White Paper “Charter for Social Housing Residents” to support residents facing anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime.

Covid-19 – Updated guidance for landlords and tenants

Government guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales has been updated to reflect the Government’s further lifting of lockdown measures and the move to COVID-19 rules “step 4” on 19 July.

Housing Ombudsman's first podcast discusses complaints as Covid-19 restrictions change

The Housing Ombudsman has launched the first in a series of podcasts to provide more insight on the learning from the Housing Ombudsman’s casework and to share best practice.

Proposed combined service to manage council housing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Under proposals, tenants and leaseholders living in council housing across the area could benefit from a new combined service that manages all council housing stock across the area.

Commencement date for Fire Safety Act unclear

Following approval in Parliament of the Fire Safety Act 2021, details of when the regulations under the Act will be laid out remain unclear

Building Safety Bill reaches Second Reading

The Building Safety Bill reached its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 21 July and in a written statement to the House, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced further Government intervention to support leaseholders in blocks of flats.

Stigma and Social Housing in England - a new report

A new report from Durham University and the University of Leicester points at social housing stigma being much more complex than is usually assumed because it intersects with other stigmas.

English Housing Survey 2019 to 2020 - social rented sector

The Office for National Statistics has issued a report on the findings of the English Housing Survey (EHS) 2019 into the characteristics and circumstances of social renters in England.

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