Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
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An update for readers on the omission by the government to bring the Abandonment provisions under section 57 – 63 of Housing & Planning Act, 2016 – into force on 6/4/18 as originally planned.
The Govt are ‘ keeping it under review ‘ !!!
I don’t see it ever coming in, as the Labour opposition to it in Parliamentary debate made it so weak its as much use as a chocolate tea-pot.
Couple of other interesting comments from MHCLG though! (please read below)
Thank you for writing to Heather Wheeler MP regarding Sections 57-63 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. I have been asked to reply on her behalf.
As you have noted, the provisions set out in Part 3: Recovering Abandoned Premises in England have not been implemented. I can confirm that the department is keeping these provisions under review.
We want to determine whether abandonment remains an issue which requires policy intervention and we will test this through our analysis of responses to our recent consultation on Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector. In addition, we also want to take into account views expressed through our planned Call for Evidence on Considering the case for a Housing Court, which will be published shortly.
This Call for Evidence will be used to explore how existing court and tribunal processes, including the possession action process in the county courts, could be improved to support both landlords and tenants, including whether a specialist Housing Court is wanted or needed.
Private rented sector
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