Owner occupation

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on owner occupation of 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.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
07.10.2016House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
The average UK property price increased from 200,141 to 216,750 in the year to 1 July 2016, an 8.3% increase.
03.10.2016Foreign Investment in UK Residential Property
This short House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the extent to which foreign ownership of residential property should be considered an issue for the UK housing market.
20.09.2016Land Registry Privatisation
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the role and functions of the Land Registry, and historical reviews of its operating model. The Government has consulted on proposals to move Land Registry operations to the private sector, and is currently analysing the consultation responses. The paper outlines the debate for and against privatisation of the Land Registry.
15.09.2016Gazumping - a comparison of the English and Scottish conveyancing systems
Constituents who have been 'gazumped' frequently ask why the Government does not act to make gazumping illegal in England and Wales. Specifically, they ask why the Government does not introduce the Scottish system of conveyancing. This note provides an overview and comparison of the two systems of conveyancing. The current Government announced plans in the Marchs 2016 Budget to review the process with a view to making it "better value for money and more consumer friendly."
23.08.2016New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers' means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the APPG's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions.
28.07.2016Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper outlines the housing options open to serving and ex-military personnel, it does not cover service accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence.
21.07.2016Extending a voluntary Right to Buy to housing association tenants (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing explains proposals to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date has been announced although a pilot scheme with five associations is underway.
20.07.2016Stamp duty land tax on residential property
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made over the past two years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Housing
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on housing.
13.07.2016Comparing the Right to Buy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides a comparison of Right to Buy policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
20.10.2010CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PARK HOMES
That this House notes with concern the plight of park home owners in Morecambe and Lunesdale; and urges the Government seriously and urgently to consider implementing a code of conduct ...
14.10.2009PARK HOMES AND FUEL POVERTY
That this House notes park home residents across the country are more susceptible to fuel poverty; further notes that park homes are not deemed to be dwellings and do not currently ...
04.12.2008GOVERNMENT ACTION ON SALE AND RENT BACK AGREEMENTS
That this House notes the current economic crisis has caused widespread uncertainty and placed huge pressures on homeowners; recognises that as many as 55,000 homeowners to date have ...
20.11.2008GOVERNMENT ACTION ON SALE AND RENT BACK AGREEMENTS
That this House notes that the current economic crisis has caused widespread uncertainty and placed huge pressures on homeowners; recognises that as many as 55,000 homeowners to date ...
09.10.2008LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND HOUSING PROVISION
That this House notes with concern that the current financial crisis is likely to have a disproportionate impact on the most needy in the community who have huge outstanding loans on ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses