Campaigns Welfare Reform and Homelessness

RLA backing homelessness bill

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The RLA is backing the Homelessness Reduction Bill – which includes new measures allowing councils to accept eviction notices as proof people are losing their homes.

Earlier this year it emerged local authorities were encouraging PRS tenants to remain in their homes until the bailiffs arrived, as only then could they declare themselves homeless and access support services.

However under the new bill, tabled by MP Bob Blackman, the Housing Act 1996 would be amended so that an eviction notice would be enough – giving people time to get help in finding somewhere else to live before physically losing their home.

The Bill also includes measures to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness, provide packages of support and assistance to single homeless people and enforce homelessness legislation effectively.

The news comes after the DCLG released figures showing that rough sleeping in England has increased by 30% in a year.

The CLG Committee will now carry out an inquiry looking at whether the bill is workable as well as considering issues such as prevention work and the financial impact on councils.

Alan Ward, RLA Chairman said: “We all know about austerity, but at present councils are unable to rehome people until the bailiffs are at the door. This is a ludicrous situation that helps neither tenants nor landlords.

“The amendments included in this bill mean that people in this situation will be able to access the support they need while ensuring landlords are not put off renting to vulnerable tenants.”

The bill will receive its second reading on October 28th.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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