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Here are some of the big stories impacting housing management.
ALLOCATIONS AND LETTINGS
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said renters would be protected from evictions during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action allowed to take place in the coming weeks.
The only exceptions to this will be in cases of illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour, fraud, where a social housing tenant is the perpetrator of domestic abuse, or where the “landlord, rightly, would like to relet their property to another tenant”
Apsana Begum has been accused of three offences relating to how she was given her council flat.
She is facing a probe over the housing association flat she moved into after leaving her estranged husband’s home and how she had leapt to the top of an 18,000-strong housing list so quickly despite having no children.
Research from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology and the Institute of Alcohol Studies, analysed five years of data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), and linked details of alcohol-related violence or anti-social behaviour with information relating to victims’ occupation, income and housing tenure.
The incidence rate alcohol-related domestic violence for social renters was more than 14 times higher than that for homeowners.
The government has allocated over £150m to fund the delivery of 3,300 homes for rough sleepers by the end of March next year. A total of 276 schemes have been approved across all regions of England, including 38 in London.
The new Protect Programme will provide funding for areas that need additional support to house their large rough sleeper populations during the winter, with a particular focus on protecting those deemed clinically vulnerable.
The 10 areas that will receive the targeted funding are London, City of Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Cornwall, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Manchester, Salford, Oxford, Leicester, and Birmingham.