Heather Spurr
Heather Spurr

By Heather Spurr

Right to Rent: Tenants are footing the bill in fees

Last week the government tightened its Right to Rent rules, making it a criminal offence for a landlord to let to anyone they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, is an illegal immigrant.

Under the policy, landlords must check that their tenants can legally rent a property. Tenants must produce a document, such as a passport or a certificate of naturalisation, to prove their Right to Rent.

Until last week, a landlord that contravened this law would face a … MORE...

Jon Quinn

By Jon Quinn

Shelter is 50, but we’re not celebrating

Today is Shelter’s 50th anniversary, and though we’ve achieved a lot over the past five decades, we’re not celebrating. We’re out campaigning against child homelessness, with street stalls in five different cities and campaign events in all 54 of our shops in England. The country is once again in the grip of a housing crisis and, we’re on the front line fighting it.

Every day since our Founding Day, on 1st December 1966, we’ve campaigned to make sure everyone … MORE...

Jenny Pennington
Jenny Pennington

By Jenny Pennington

The Green Book: 50 years on

Shelter was launched to highlight a homelessness crisis. Now we are in the middle of another one.

Research launched today reveals that over a quarter of a million people in England are homeless. Most of these people are living in temporary accommodation provided by councils. Some are living in homeless hostels and some are sleeping rough. This is a conservative measurement. Many more people are homeless, but hidden.

These people cut your hair, sell you clothes and go to school … MORE...

Campbell Robb
Campbell Robb

By Campbell Robb

Shelter at 50 – help us finish what we started

You will have to excuse me if I am a little emotional this week. But, I have two good reasons for feeling this way.

The first is that this is a very special week for us at Shelter. Fifty years ago we were founded in St Martin’s Church where last night we held a very special carol concert for our supporters.  This event marks the end of a year in which we have reflected on our history, set out our … MORE...

Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Reasons to be cheerful

It’s easy to feel permanently pessimistic at the state of housing in England. 120,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas. This is worse than last year, which was worse than the year before. Which – guess what – was worse than the year before. The range of people affected by the housing crisis stretches ever broader and more than two in five people don’t have what the public consider to be a decent home.

And yet, … MORE...