Housing Laws in the Pipeline

Here’s a summary of key housing laws currently under consideration:

  1. Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill: This government bill aims to reform rights of tenants under long residential leases, regulate charges and costs, and address issues related to residential estate management. It’s currently in the House of Lords for further consideration.
  2. Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill: This bill seeks to establish procedures for asylum seekers facing eviction from accommodation, providing them with avenues to challenge proposed evictions before independent courts or tribunals.
  3. Caravan Sites Bill: Sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, this bill aims to amend requirements for caravan site license applications under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
  4. Caravan Site Licensing (Exemption of Motor Homes) Bill: Also sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, this bill proposes to exempt motor homes from caravan site licensing requirements.
  5. Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (Amendment) Bill: Sponsored by Fleur Anderson, this bill would require landlords in the private rented sector to remedy hazards in leased dwellings.
  6. Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill: Sponsored by Chris Stevens, this bill seeks a report on the merits of repealing provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 related to reduced housing benefits for under-occupied accommodation.
  7. Evictions (Universal Credit) Bill: Also sponsored by Chris Stevens, this bill aims to prevent evictions of Universal Credit claimants in rent arrears.
  8. Affordable Housing (Conversion of Commercial Property) Bill: Sponsored by Vicky Ford, this bill would enable local authorities to establish planning obligations for affordable housing in the conversion of commercial property to residential use.
  9. Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill: Sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, this bill seeks to amend the Mobile Homes Act 1983.
  10. Housing Standards (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) Bill: Sponsored by Chris Stevens, this bill aims to establish national minimum standards for accommodation offered to refugees and asylum seekers.
  11. Renters (Reform) Bill: This government bill proposes significant changes to rented homes, including abolishing fixed-term assured tenancies and imposing obligations on landlords. It’s currently in the report stage and third reading phase.
  12. Housing Act 1998 (Amendment) Bill: Sponsored by Baroness Twycross, this bill would amend the Housing Act 1988 regarding long leases of residential dwellings.

These bills address various aspects of housing laws, from tenancy reforms to accommodation standards for vulnerable groups like refugees and asylum seekers.

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