Janet Finch-Saunders MS, the Welsh Conservative spokesperson for housing, has urged the Welsh Government to review the possibility of developing a housing tribunal.
The 2021 Autumn Budget will be delivered on October 27 alongside a three-year spending review and HM Treasury’s call for representations to be considered as part of its decisions closed 30 September 2021.
Local authorities have now been given £10m by the Scottish Government to help tenants in rent arrears as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRS REPORT: Number of new prospective tenants was highest figure on record at an average of 107 per branch, while the number of properties managed per branch fell to 196 during August.
The second reading of the Private Tenancies Bill took place on 13 September 2021, which was introduced to deliver more protections for private renters.
Propertymark, along with other organisations, has called on the UK Government to complete and publish a full assessment on how its decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit has impacted renters.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was re-elected with a pledge to campaign for rent controls, has warned that the cost of renting privately in the city may potentially increase by almost 20 per cent unless he is given powers to control the rental market.
Propertymark, alongside other organisations, has written to Eddie Hughes MP (Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing) to emphasise the sector's ongoing concerns over COVID-related rent arrears and urged the UK Government to introduce emergency financial support.
On 6 April, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced his manifesto ahead of the local elections in May 2021 with some key policy announcements that impact the housing sector, including proposals to introduce rent controls in the private rented sector.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the UK Parliament has released its second report scrutinising the UK Government’s actions to help rough sleepers, homelessness, private renters, and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Welsh Government has announced today, 23 March, that the Tenancy Loan Saver (TSL) scheme will be extended until 30 September 2021.
Propertymark alongside other sector organisations is calling for the Chancellor to act now and agree on a targeted financial package to help private renters pay off COVID-19 rent arrears to help sustain existing tenancies and keep renters in their homes.
We responded to the Local Government and Communities Committee consultation on the Fair Rents Bill stressing disapproval of the policy's propositions. The Bill aims to cap rent rises on private residential properties in Scotland.
The Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a call for views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill, Propertymark will be responding and encourages others to feed their views into us to form our response.
The Welsh Government has today, 7 October, opened applications for its Tenancy Saver Loan Scheme for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) facing rent arrears or those who are in rent arrears as a result of COVID-19.
Today, 16 September, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, calling the Government to give him the powers to freeze private rents as the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues.