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Queens Speech – Renters Reform Bill

The Queens Speech was read today by Prince Charles, officially opening parliament. It outlined 38 Bills, all details can be seen here Bill of Rights National Security Bill Economic Crime Bill Modern Slavery Bill Online Safety Bill Draft Victims’ Bill Draft Protect...

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iHowz publish recomendations for forthcoming PRS White Paper

At iHowz we have published specific papers on the potential impact of losing the Section 21 (see here), and have written to the Business Secretary to try to get clarification on energy requirements in rental proiperty (see here). We have now set down all the requirements we believe will help ‘reboot’ the Private Rented Sector.  […]

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Human Rights Act reforms would weaken human rights protections in the UK: Parliamentary Committee

On 13 April 2022 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights warned that Government proposals to reform the Human Rights Act risk weakening existing human rights protections. In a report published on that day, the Committee criticised proposals to replace these protections with a ‘British’ Bill of Rights, finding that they would instead cause confusion […]

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Private rented housing ‘failing far too often to provide safe and secure homes’: Public Accounts Committee

On 13 April 2022 the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report on the regulation of private renting in which it found that it is “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and secure home” and that local authorities – constrained by a lack of support from the Department for […]

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Report on Rough sleeping (England)

The House of Commons library has published a paper providing information on the number of rough sleepers in England and policies aimed at meeting the Government’s target of ending rough sleeping by 2024. The report can be seen here, and the summary says: Local authorities in England do not have a duty to secure accommodation […]

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Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill returned to the House of Commons on 20 April to consider the amendments made in the House of Lords. The Government sought to remove or amend some amendments, and these were voted on without defeat in the Commons. The Bill now passes back to the House of Lords. It is expected that Parliament will […]

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Commons Committee Chair writes to Secretary of State on building safety scandal

On 20 April 2022 Clive Betts, Chair of the House of Commons Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee, wrote to Michael Gove, Secretary of State, DLUHC, following the Department’s announcement on 13 April of an agreement with the housing industry to contribute £5bn to address the building safety scandal. The correspondence asks a series […]

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Be aware of new smoke alarm & carbon monoxide detector rules, landlords warned

Landlords are being urged to take heed of forthcoming changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) says they could come into effect as soon as Autumn 2022.Under the current rules, since 1 October 2015 landlords have needed to ensure that a smoke alarm […]

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Private rented housing ‘failing far too often to provide safe and secure homes’: Public Accounts Committee

On 13 April 2022 the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report on the regulation of private renting in which it found that it is “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and secure home” and that local authorities – constrained by a lack of support from the Department for […]

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Government to force landlords to let empty shops

The plan to revitalise high street is due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May, the Daily Mail reported. It will allow small businesses and community groups to take over shuttered properties. Local authorities will be able to force landlords to rent commercial property on high streets through a Compulsory Rental Auction. Landlords will […]

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