Housing Laws in the Pipeline

As at 26th April 2023

Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Bill NEW

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Bob Blackman, would make provision about the regulation of supported exempt accommodation; and make provision about local authority oversight of, and enforcement powers relating to, the provision of supported exempt accommodation. First reading in the Commons took place on 15 June 2022 and second reading on 18 November 2022. On 11 January 2022 the Public Bill Committee completed its work and reported the Bill without amendments to the House. The Bill had its report stage and third reading on 3 March 2023. It then had its first reading in the Lords on 6 March 2023. Second reading took place on 21 April 2023 when the Bill was committed to a committee of the whole House on a date to be appointed. For the Bill, as brought from the Commons, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing paper, published prior to the report stage in the Commons, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Mobile Homes (Pitch Fees) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, would amend the provisions about pitch fees in the Mobile Homes Act 1983. First reading in the House of Commons took place on 20 June 2022. Second and third reading, and committee stage took place on 18 November 2022. First reading in the House of Lords took place on 21 November 2022 and second reading on 3 February 2023. The Bill reached committee stage on 22 February 2023. The third reading of the Bill – the final chance for the Lords to change the bill – took place on 24 March 2023 and no amendments were made. As both Houses have agreed on the text of the Bill it now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent when the bill will become an Act of Parliament. A date for Royal Assent has yet to be scheduled. For the individual stages of the Bill, click here. For the Bill, as brought from the Commons, click here.  To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Chris Stephens, would make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; and establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities. The first reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading has been further postponed until 24 November 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Evictions (Universal Credit) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Chris Stephens, would place a duty on the Secretary of State to prevent the evictions of Universal Credit claimants in rent arrears. First reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading is scheduled for 24 November 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Housing Standards (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Chris Stephens, would make provision for national minimum standards in accommodation offered to refugees and asylum seekers. First reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading has been further postponed until 24 November 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Caravan Sites Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, would amend the requirements for caravan site licence applications made under the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960. First reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading has been further postponed to 9 June 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Short-term and Holiday-let Accommodation (Licensing) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Rachael Maskell, would give local authorities the power to require licences for the conversion of domestic properties into short-term and holiday-let accommodation; give local authorities the power to issue fines and to remove such licences when safety, noise and nuisance conditions have not been met; make provision about banning the licensing of such properties in defined geographical areas; give local authorities the power to vary the rates of local taxes in relation to such properties; and give local authorities the power to restrict the number of days per year for which such properties can be let. First reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading started on 9 December 2022 and is due to be completed on 24 November 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Caravan Site Licensing (Exemptions of Motor Homes) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope, would exempt motor homes from caravan site licensing requirements. First reading took place on 20 June 2022. Second reading started on 3 February 2023 and will resume on 12 May 2023. The Bill has not yet been published. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Local Authority (Housing Allocation) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Lord Mann, would make provision for local authorities to determine their short-term housing needs and housing allocation numbers. First reading in the House of Lords took place on 24 May 2022. Second reading took place on 8 June 2022. On 13 March 2023 the Bill reached committee stage in the Lords. However, no changes were suggested to the bill so the bill goes directly to third reading, which will take place on a day to be appointed. For the Bill, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Social Housing (Regulation) Bill

This Government Bill would make provision about the regulation of social housing and about the terms of approved schemes for the investigation of housing complaints. First reading in the Lords took place on 8 June 2022 and second reading on 27 June 2022. For the second reading debate, click here. Report stage took place on 18 October 2022. For the debate at Report stage, click here. Third reading took place on 31 October 2022 and no further amendments were made. The Bill received its first reading in the Commons on 31 October and its second reading on 7 November, and completed its committee stage on 29 November 2022. The Bill had its report stage and third reading on 1 March 2023. It will now return to the Lords for consideration of the Commons amendments. For the Bill, as amended by the Public Bill Committee, click here. For the DLUHC announcement of the Bill, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing paper, published prior to the Bill’s report stage in the Commons, click here. For a briefing prepared by the Local Government Association prior to the Committee stage, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Domestic Premises (Electrical Safety Certificate) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Lord Foster of Bath, would require an electrical safety certificate to be provided to a prospective purchaser of domestic premises in specified circumstances. First reading took place on 24 May 2022 and second reading on 15 July 2020. On 9 November 2022 the Bill reached committee stage in the Lords. However, no changes were suggested to the bill. Third reading took place on 1 February 2023 and no further amendments were made. The Bill now goes to the Commons for its consideration.  For the Bill, as introduced, click here. For the individual stages of the Bill, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Leasehold Reform (Forfeiture) Bill

This House of Lords Bill, sponsored by Lord Young of Cookham, would require landlords exercising a right of forfeiture or re-entry in relation to a property subject to a long lease to account to the tenant for the tenant’s equity in that property and to hold the tenant’s equity on trust; and would restrict the landlord’s right to legal and administrative costs. The Bill received its first reading on 1 December 2022. The second reading will be on a date to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Healthy Homes Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Lord Crisp, would make provision for the delivery of healthy homes and neighbourhoods; set out the principles that define a “healthy home”; and establish the office of the Healthy Homes Commissioner. First reading took place in the House of Lords on 26 May 2022. Second reading took place on 15 July 2022. The Bill reached committee stage on 5 December 2022. However, no changes were suggested to the Bill so it goes directly to third reading, which is yet to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Leasehold Reform (Tribunal Judgments and Legal Costs) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Baroness Hayman of Ullock, would amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to limit the right of landlords to recover legal costs in excess of a prescribed scale; to make tribunal judgments binding on all leaseholders and to require landlords to account to all leaseholders. First reading took place in the House of Lords on 8 September 2022. Second reading is yet to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Leasehold Reform (Reasonableness of Service Charges) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Baroness Kennedy of Cradley, would amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to provide for service charges to be reduced where they do not reflect the landlord’s actual costs in providing goods and services; make fixed service charges subject to reasonableness requirements; and amend the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 to make the same changes. First reading took place on 13 July 2020. Second reading is yet to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Leasehold Reform (Disclosure and Insurance Commissions) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Lord Kennedy of Southwark, would amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to prevent landlords recovering service charges where they have failed to comply with their disclosure obligations under that Act; commence section 21A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 insofar as is it not already in force; and require landlords to disclose commissions earned on insurance policies. First reading took place on 14 July 2020. Second reading is yet to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

Domestic Premises (Electrical Safety Certificate) Bill

This Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Lord Foster of Bath, would require an electrical safety certificate to be provided to a prospective purchaser of domestic premises in specified circumstances. First reading took place in the House of Lords on 24 May 2022 and second reading on 15 July 2022. The committee stage is yet to be scheduled. For the Bill, as introduced, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, click here.

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