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    • Commons Briefing papers: 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.
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House prices (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN02645
Trends in house prices and affordability in the UK.
What is affordable housing?
Published Monday, May 20, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7747
This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing.
Stimulating housing supply - Government initiatives (England)
Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06416
This briefing paper summarises key Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England since 2015. The paper makes reference to planning measures but does not cover them in any detail.
Leasehold high-rise flats: who pays for fire safety work?
Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8244
This paper considers the debate about who is responsible for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It has been updated to include information on the Government decision to fund remediation work for affected blocks with ACM cladding in the social and private sectors.
Equality of Opportunity and Quality of Life for Young People
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 | Lords Library notes LLN-2019-0056
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate on equality of opportunity and beneficial quality of life for young people which is due to take place in the House of Lords on 16 May 2019.
Covenants on freehold land
Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8560
This Library briefing paper provides general information about the freehold covenants. Specifically, detecting, enforcing, modifying or releasing a covenant.
Housing options for serving and ex-military personnel
Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN04244
This 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.
Leasehold and commonhold reform
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8047
This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The Government has committed to legislation; on 20 September 2018 the Law Commission published detailed proposals on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Responses could be submitted up to 7 January 2019. An additional consultation exercise on commonhold was launched on 10 December; consultation on the Right to Manage was opened at the end of January 2019.
General debate: Housing
Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0064
There will be a General Debate on the subject of housing on 9 April 2019. This landing page provides links to a selection of relevant Library papers.
Improving the home buying and selling process in England
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers SN06980
This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the home buying and selling process in England, stakeholder concerns with the current process, and Government proposals to improve the process and make it "quicker, cheaper and less stressful". The paper also provides a comparison with the conveyancing process in Scotland.
Freehold houses: estate charges
Published Friday, February 15, 2019 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8497
It is becoming increasingly common on new-build private estates for freeholders to be required to contribute to the maintenance of the estate’s communal areas and facilities. This short paper provides background on this issue and sets out the Government's proposed reforms.
New-build housing: construction defects - issues and solutions (England)
Published Sunday, December 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7665
This 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 All-Party Parliamentary Group's 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response.
Protection for homebuyers
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0266
On 13 December 2018, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Protection for homebuyers, sponsored by Kate Green MP. The debate is scheduled to take place at 1:30pm.
Mobile (park) homes
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01080
This Commons Library Briefing Paper provides an overview of the the rights of residents who live year-round on mobile home parks. The main focus of the paper is on mobile home owners in England but sections on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are included.
Mobile (park homes): 10% commission on sales
Published Friday, November 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07003
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the requirement to pay 10% commission on the sale price of a mobile home to the site owner and provides information on various reviews of that requirement. Mobile home owners regard the commission charge as "unfair and out of date", whilst site owners regard it as an important source of income.
Housing: key resources for constituency casework (England)
Published Monday, November 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04433
Housing generates a lot of questions for MPs and their constituency caseworkers. This paper provides a guide to some reliable sources of information (including other House of Commons Library briefings) for answering the most common constituents' housing questions.
Stamp duty land tax on residential property
Published Friday, November 9, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07050
This Commons Library paper discusses the reforms to taxation of sales of residential property that have been made in recent years, before looking at earlier debates about the way house sales have been taxed.
Introducing a voluntary Right to Buy for housing association tenants in England
Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7224
The Government has committed to extend the Right to Buy to assured tenants of housing associations on a voluntary basis. No implementation date for full roll-out has been announced. A large regional pilot scheme in the Midlands was launched on 16 August 2018. The Government has said that the impact of the pilot scheme will be assessed before decisions are made on the next steps. This paper provides background on the policy and explains progress to date.
Affordable Housing
Published Monday, October 22, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0108
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the debate due to take place in the House of Lords on the motion moved by Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), “that this House takes note on the case for building more affordable housing”. It describes why there is widely said to be a ‘housing crisis’ which affordable housing might help to solve. It then sets out what affordable housing is, and outlines the arguments for and against building more affordable homes. Finally, it looks at alternative policies for improving housing affordability.
Implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016
Published Thursday, September 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8229
The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. This briefing paper outlines progress in implementing the Act's provisions. Several key measures in the Act will not be taken forward, such as 'pay to stay' and mandatory fixed-term tenancies for local authority landlords in England.

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