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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on private rented 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

01.11.2016Applying as homeless from an assured shorthold tenancy (England)
This short Commons Library briefing paper considers the practice of English local authorities requiring assured shorthold tenants, who have been served with a notice of the landlord's intention to seek possession under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, to remain in situ until a court order/bailiff's warrant has been obtained before accepting a statutory duty under the homelessness provisions of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended).
01.11.2016Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper discusses evidence to suggest that private landlords are reluctant to let to prospective tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. The paper considers the reasons behind this reluctance and why refusals are unlikely to amount to direct discrimination.
09.08.2016Comparing private rented sector policies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides a summary of the different approaches adopted by the Governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in regard to some key areas of private rented sector policy.
09.08.2016Housing Benefit measures announced since 2010
This Commons Library Briefing Paper brings together details of the main Housing Benefit changes announced since 2010. Not all of the measures announced in 2015 have been implemented at this point.
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.
24.05.2016Housing fitness in the private rented sector
This Commons Library Briefing Paper looks at current legislation regulating property standards in the private rented sector, and at debates over whether there should be a legal minimum maintenance standard for rented homes.
24.05.2016The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)
This Commons Library briefing paper gives an overview of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The HHSRS is a risk based assessment tool which is used by environmental health officers to assess the risk (the likelihood and severity) of a hazard in residential housing to the health and safety of occupants or visitors. The paper looks at some of the reviews and reports into the operation of the HHSRS. It also looks briefly at wider housing conditions and standards.
11.05.2016Housing and Planning Bill: Lords amendments and Ping Pong
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information on amendments made to the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 during its Committee, Report and Third Reading stages in the House of Lords. The paper has been updated to include further consideration of the Bill by the Commons and Lords (Ping Pong).
14.03.2016The Benefit Cap
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how the household benefit cap operates and considers evidence of its impact to date. It goes on to consider the Government's intention to reduce the cap from 26,000 to 20,000 per year (23,000 in London).

Lords Library Notes

27.10.2016Impact of the Shortage of Housing on Young People
This House of Lords Library briefing presents an overview of housing in the UK, including statistics on housing supply and demand. It considers some of the causes of the housing shortage and explores recent reports that have sought to identify the impact of the housing market on young people. It concludes with a brief summary of government policy in this area.


30.03.2015Measuring Living Standards
This POSTnote outlines different approaches to setting and measuring thresholds and their strengths and limitations. It also summarises research on recent trends in living standards and the key factors that influence them.

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the Consumer Focus Opening the Door report; acknowledges the need for an independent tenant feedback scheme on the performance of their landlords; believes ...
That this House notes the continuing problem faced by England's eight million private tenants of irresponsible landlords and poorly-maintained private rented properties, highlighted ...
That this House is concerned that over half of private rented homes fail the Decent Homes standard and that a quarter of private tenants live in fuel poverty, that the proportion of ...
That this House notes with concern the Government's decision to abandon plans for a national register of landlords and further regulation of the private rented sector; recognises that ...
That this House welcomes the Government's announcement recommending that the threshold for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme be raised from the 25,000 to 100,000 which will ensure that many ...


  • 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