New Housing Act Law became law on 16th May

Major changes to hit homeowners and renters with a goal to make it easier for people to own their own homes

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said, “Our landmark Housing and Planning Act will help anyone who aspires to own their own home achieve their dream. It will increase housing supply alongside home ownership building on the biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s. The act will contribute to transforming generation rent into generation buy, helping us towards achieving our ambition of delivering 1 million new homes.”

The Act, says Brandon Lewis, sets out a “clear determination from the government to keep the country building while giving hard working families every opportunity to unlock the door to home ownership.

“It will give housebuilders and decision-makers the tools and confidence to provide more homes and further streamline the planning system to accelerate their delivery.

The measures include underpinning the voluntary Right to Buy agreement with housing associations, supporting the doubling of the number of custom and self-build homes by 2020, tackling rogue landlords and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process.

In the sales sector, the Act will:

Help more people own their own home; extend Right to Buy level discounts to housing association tenants; promote the development of Starter Homes; get the nation building homes faster; unlock brownfield land to provide homes faster; support custom and self-built homes; ensure that every area has a local plan; reform the compulsory purchase process and speed up neighbourhood planning.

In the rental sector, the Act will:

Ensure the way housing is managed is fair and fit for the future; require social tenants on higher incomes to pay fairer rents; place a duty on councils to consider selling higher value housing assets when they fall vacant; tackle rogue landlords; provide better local information on the PRS – allowing local authorities to access data held by the Tenancy Deposit Protection schemes; reduce the regulatory controls for private registered providers of housing to increase their freedoms to manage their housing stock efficiently and effectively enable lead enforcement authority for estate agents.

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