The long-awaited letting fees ban

Last Wednesday, the government published the draft Tenant Fees Bill, setting out its approach to banning letting fees in England. Having campaigned for a ban on letting fees since 2013, this draft legislation is a welcome step towards finally bringing an end to these unjust fees.

Here’s an overview of the key things you need to know about the bill – and our initial reaction to the proposals. There’s also an explanation of the next steps and how we’ll … Read more

Time to build on cross party support to end viability loophole and make housebuilding popular again

We’ve been talking about the viability loophole for a while now, but our new research has shone a light on just how much of a problem it is. Last week, we revealed England is losing thousands of potential affordable homes each year through this loophole in the planning rules.

Happily, both major political parties are already committed to ending the use and abuse of this loophole.

Shelter isn’t alone on this. Local councils and communities across the country are … Read more

My experiences with renters facing homelessness

This is a guest blog from Louise, who works in Shelter’s Newcastle service.

As a support and guidance worker for Shelter in Newcastle, I want to share something urgent with you that we need your help with.

Over the last five years, the number of private renters I’ve seen facing homelessness has gone up and up. I’ve seen first-hand how this is connected to the freeze on Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

An opportunity we can’t miss

It used to be … Read more