Housing

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on housing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
10.11.2014Retirement homes - exit fees
This note explains action taken by the Office of Fair Trading to investigate 'exit fees' charged by managing agents or freeholders when an owner of a retirement flat wants to sell or rent out their home.
07.11.2014Retaliatory eviction (England)
Retaliatory eviction is used to describe situations where private landlords, in response to tenants' requests for repairs, serve them with a section 21 notice in order to end the tenancy. This note explains the law in relation to retaliatory eviction and evidence around the extent to which it occurs. The note also considers what the Tenancies (Reform) Bill's measures might be and early reactions to the Bill.
06.11.2014Housing Market
Housing Market: Data on house prices from the Nationwide and Halifax, mortgage approvals and house-building.
03.11.2014Anti-social behaviour in social housing
This note gives an overview of the remedies available to social landlords to deal with tenants who exhibit anti-social behaviour; a term which covers a disparate and broad range of conduct from tensions between neighbours to violent and intimidatory behaviour.
29.10.2014Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
There is some evidence to suggest that private landlords are reluctant to let to prospective tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. This note explains the reasons for that reluctance and why it is not unlawful.

Research Papers

DateDescription
03.09.2014Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
12.05.2014Deregulation Bill: Committee Stage Report
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce regulatory burdens on businesses and public authorities.
30.01.2014Deregulation Bill
The Bill proposes a range of measures in line with the Government's aim to reduce burdens on businesses and public authorities.
17.10.2013Immigration Bill
The Immigration Bill would significantly reduce migrants' rights of appeal; restrict access to services including private rented accommodation, bank accounts and NHS services by reference to immigration status; establish new arrangements for investigating sham marriages and examining persons departing the UK; and make various other changes related to immigration controls.
13.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. It complements Research Paper 12/61 prepared for Commons Second Reading

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
12.01.2011PFI in housing and hospitals.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
30.03.2010Housing in the South East.
South East Select Committee report [Commons]
29.03.2010Planning for the Future: Housing and Economic Development in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Select Committee report [Commons]
10.03.2010The Decent Homes Programme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
04.02.2010Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009, relating to domestic...
Government response. Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
14.11.2011HOUSING AND HEALTH
That this House welcomes the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) publication, A Foot in the door: a guide to housing and health; supports the NHC's efforts to encourage greater co-operation ...
03.11.2011SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN DOMESTIC PROPERTIES
That this House notes the wealth of evidence showing that sprinkler systems installed in domestic properties reduce the risk of death and serious injury in the event of a fire as well ...
14.09.2011ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS' HOMEWISE CAMPAIGN
That this House believes that England faces a housing shortage with fewer homes being built than the new households that are being formed each year; welcomes the Royal Institute of ...
20.07.2011HOMELESSNESS AND SQUATTING
That this House notes research by Crisis showing that 39 per cent. of single homeless people have squatted; acknowledges that conditions in squats are often horrendous; further notes ...
22.06.2011HOUSING MARKET RENEWAL
That this House recognises the important contribution made by the Housing Market Renewal (HMR) programme in regenerating deprived communities; notes the 2.2 billion invested and the ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
13.06.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL] (HL Bill 2 of 2014-15)
The Infrastructure Bill makes provision for the Government's proposals to fund, plan, manage and maintain the UK's national infrastructure.
06.02.2014Immigration Bill (HL Bill 84 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Immigration Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 10 February 2014.
24.12.2012Growth and Infrastructure Bill (HL Bill 72 of 2012-13)
The purpose of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill is to promote investment in infrastructure projects, reduce delays in the planning system and introduce a new employment status of employee shareholder. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 8 January 2013.
27.05.2011Localism Bill (HL Bill 71 of 2010-12)
This Library Note summarises proceedings at the Localism Bill's final stages in the House of Commons and provides background information for the Bill's second reading debate in the House of Lords.

POST Papers

DateDescription
01.01.2011Housing and health, January 2011
This POSTnote looks at the impact of poor housing on health and examines the implications for housing policy.
01.11.2010UK indoor air quality, November 2010
This POSTnote describes sources of indoor air pollution, the evidence for adverse effects on human health and outlines possible policy responses.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses