Section: Legislation & Court Issues

Updates on housing related Bills before Parliament

Updated 19.06.18 Various links - see below

This briefly summarises the key objectives of Bills currently before Parliament and provides links to follow their progress to date.


Affordable Home Ownership Bill

To make provision for affordable home ownership; to require the inclusion of rent to buy homes in the definition of affordable housing; to make provision for a minimum proportion of new affordable housing to be available on affordable rent to buy terms; to provide relief from stamp duty when an affordable rent to buy home is purchased; and for connected purposes.


Homelessness (End of Life Care) Bill

To make provision about end of life care and support for homeless people with terminal illnesses, including through the provision of housing for such people; and for connected purposes.


Homeless People (Current Accounts) Bill

To require banks to provide current accounts for homeless people seeking work; and for connected purposes.


Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill

To amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation; to amend the Building Act 1984 to make provision about the liability for works on residential accommodation that do not comply with Building Regulations; and for connected purposes.


Leasehold Reform Bill

To make provision about the regulation of the purchase of freehold by leaseholders; to introduce a system for establishing the maximum charge for such freehold; to make provision about the award of legal costs in leasehold property tribunal cases; to establish a compensation scheme for cases where misleading particulars have led to certain leasehold agreements; and for connected purposes.


Mobile Homes and Park Homes Bill

To require the use of published criteria to determine whether mobile homes and park homes are liable for council tax or non-domestic rates; to make provision in relation to the residential status of such homes; to amend the Mobile Home Acts; and for connected purposes.


Private Landlords (Registration) Bill

To require all private landlords in England to be registered; and for connected purposes.


Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill

To make provision, where two or more hereditaments occupied or owned by the same person meet certain conditions as to contiguity, for those hereditaments to be treated for the purposes of non-domestic rating as one hereditament; and to increase the percentage by which a billing authority in England may increase the council tax payable in respect of a long-term empty dwelling.


Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL]

To make provision about the granting of old-style secure tenancies in cases of domestic abuse.

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 10 May. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament.


Sublet Property (Offences) Bill

To make the breach of certain rules relating to sub-letting rented accommodation a criminal offence; to make provision for criminal sanctions in respect of unauthorised sub-letting; and for connected purposes.


Tenant Fees Bill

To make provision prohibiting landlords and letting agents from requiring certain payments to be made or certain other steps to be taken; to make provision about the payment of holding deposits; to make provision about enforcement and about the lead enforcement authority; to amend the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 about information to be provided by letting agents and the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 about client money protection schemes; and for connected purposes.


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Updated 20.06.18

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