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Eviction ban

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Possession proceedings to commence again in England and Wales from 21 September 2020, however in most cases landlords wishing to evict tenants will be required to give six months' notice. 

  • Notices served before 3 August will have to be reactivated;
  • Notices served on or before 28 August require a notice period of three months.
  • Notices served from 29 August require a notice period of six months.

This rule will be in place for social and private landlords until at least March 2021, except in cases involving:

  • antisocial behaviour; 
  • domestic abuse;
  • where a tenant owes more than six months' rent
  • obtaining the tenancy by fraud (false statement);
  • death of the tenant (housing association landlords only)
  • no right to rent due to immigration status (housing association landlords only).

No evictions will take place in areas affected by local lockdowns, or during the Christmas period except in the most serious circumstances.

Guides and further information can be found here

274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Thousands of vulnerable people who were housed during the pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year thanks to the allocations of funding announced  (17 September 2020) by Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick.

274 local councils will share £91.5 million of government funding to ensure interim accommodation and support for the most vulnerable people. An additional £13.5 million fund will be used to enable local authorities to tackle new or emerging challenges.

Bids have also been submitted for £161 million support to help secure 3,300 longer-term homes.

Nearly 100 new affordable homes are set to be built in Easington Village in an £11m construction project for believe housing

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2020

A mix of family houses and bungalows are set to be built on the site of the long-demolished Easington working men’s club in Seaside Lane. For more information please view believe housing website page.

A new collaboration between Karbon homes and believe housing, set to find new ways that technology can help more people live independently for longer

Published: Wednesday 23 September 2020

In partnership, Karbon homes and believe housing are bringing together experts to help tackle some of the challenges that face people living with dementia, loneliness or mobility constraints. Leading thinkers in smart technology and affordable housing will be brought together for the work as part of Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival.

A four-day ‘sprint’ took place from September 14-17, addressing the question ‘How can SMART technology in homes support people to live well and independently.

New funding for communities

Published: Tuesday 15 September 2020

New grants of up to £20,000 are being made available to community groups in some of the towns and villages hardest hit by the economic fallout of coronavirus.

County Durham-based housing association believe housing has launched a new funding programme to provide charities, community groups or schools with grants of between £10,000 and £20,000.

The Community Investment Capital Grants are being targeted specifically at 12 areas of County Durham that have been identified as being most in need of the investment. The full list of communities includes; Blackhall Rocks, Brandon, Coundon and Leeholme, Deneside (Seaham), Esh Winning, Gilesgate, Hall Lane Estate (Willington), Horden Crossroads (Peterlee), Oakley Green (West Auckland), Shotton Colliery, Wheatley Hill and Wingate.

Applications are being sought from projects that will improve the lives of people living in each community; particularly believe housing tenants. Initiatives are expected to prove that they will tackle worklessness or low levels of skills and qualification attainment, increase household income, improve health and confidence or supporting the planet through innovative thinking and reducing waste.

Proposals that aim to reduce the impact of coronavirus in the community will be given priority. All shortlisted projects will be able to operate during current coronavirus restrictions and guidance.

Community Investment Team Leader at believe housing, Angela Stobbart, said: “The communities we’re targeting are probably suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic more than most. We’re looking for exciting new projects that can tackle the challenges head on by improving the life chances of people living in those communities.

“These are the largest single grants we’ve provided to date through our community funding programme and we’re expecting interest, and the standard of applications, to be very high.”

An initial £40,000 has been allocated to the funding programme by believe housing. Applications for the first round are being invited now, with a closing date of Friday, 16 October. Bids can include funding towards capital costs; classes, activities or events; travel; equipment; marketing; and running costs. Full terms and conditions are available on the believe housing website.

The new grant programme will run alongside believe housing’s established and successful funding streams awarding £500, £1,000 and £5,000 to £10,000 to projects across County Durham. Scores of groups have already benefited from this funding and existing recipients will be considered for the new higher level funding.