Section: Legislation & Court Issues

Updates on housing related Bills before Parliament

Updated 10.07.21
parliament.uk: Various links - see below

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

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Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill

To make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; to establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities; and for connected purposes.

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Building Safety Bill

To make provision about the safety of people in or about buildings and the standard of buildings; to amend the Architects Act 1997; to amend provision about complaints made to a housing ombudsman.

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Caravan Sites Bill

To amend the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 to remove planning permission requirements for caravan site licence applicants; and for connected purposes.

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Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill

To require the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate; to make provision regarding performance and insulation of new heating systems in existing properties; and for connected purposes.

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Domestic Premises (Minimum Energy Performance) Bill

To require the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate; to give the Secretary of State powers to require persons to take action in pursuance of that duty; and for connected purposes.

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Evictions (Universal Credit Claimants) Bill 2019-21

To place a duty on the Secretary of State to prevent the evictions of Universal Credit claimants in rent arrears; and for connected purposes.

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Homeless People (Current Accounts) Bill

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

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Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill 2019-21

To amend the law relating to the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation; to increase penalties for the contravention of such licences; and for connected purposes.

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Housing Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill

To amend Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 to provide that any selective licensing scheme for residential accommodation extends to social housing.

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Housing and Homelessness (Local Accommodation Duty) Bill

To place a duty on local authorities to ensure that persons for whom a homeless duty has been accepted are accommodated in the local area, including on discharge into private rented accommodation; to require local authorities to publish annual reports on steps relating to housing demand and supply taken or intended to be taken to meet that duty; and for connected purposes.

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Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill

To make provision about the rent payable under long leases of dwellings; and for connected purposes.

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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..

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Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2019-21

To amend the Mobile Homes Act 1983; and for connected purposes.

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Rented Homes Bill

To amend the Housing Act 1988 to abolish assured shorthold tenancies; to extend the grounds upon which landlords of residential housing may recover possession; and for connected purposes.

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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.

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Supported Accommodation Bill

To require developers to disclose for planning purposes an intention to use a building for supported housing or other accommodation that is specified for the purposes of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit; to establish a suitability test for accommodation proposed for such use; to make provision about the fitness of persons to be landlords or managers of supported or other specified accommodation; and for connected purposes.

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Supported Housing (Regulation) Bill

To regulate supported housing; to make provision about local authority oversight and the enforcement of standards of accommodation and support in supported housing; to prohibit the placing of children in care in unregulated accommodation; and for connected purposes.

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Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill

A Bill to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.

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