Policy library

Policy, research and good practice work forms a major part of Shelter's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues. In this section you can browse through the reports, factsheets, briefings and policy consultation responses that we produce.

All policy documents

Response - Options for dealing with squatting

Applicable to: England
Published:  October 2011

Shelter has responded to the government consultation ‘Options for dealing with Squatting’. Squatting is a highly divisive, politicised and sensitive issue. Legitimate concerns about incidents of squatting must be addressed, but we urge the government not to rush through new criminal laws in a knee-jerk reaction to high profile media stories. We believe that the current law is sufficient to protect most homeowners and tenants. Squatters who are asked to leave premises by these occupiers and refuse to do so are already committing a criminal offence. Read summary and download 

Good practice guide: landlord accreditation

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Private renting covers a wide variety of tenants – and an equally wide variety of landlords. The sector can be proud that most dealings between them are harmonious. When problems do occur, it may be because landlords do not fully appreciate the complex legal framework in which they operate. Where rogue landlords do prey on unsuspecting tenants, it can be because tenants find it hard to distinguish between a responsible landlord and a rogue operator. Read summary and download 

Exiting Unsustainable Homeownership: Understanding current practice and the potential of Assisted Voluntary Sales

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Published:  September 2011

There is an emerging debate about the ways in which borrowers with unsustainable mortgages can be helped to make the transition from ownership to renting, including help with selling their property on a voluntary basis. There is an assumption that, for borrowers, the emotional and financial distress typically associated with possession is likely to be lessened by an assisted sale and exit. There may also be reputational and business benefits for lenders in supporting sales, particularly in minimising the losses arising from negative equity. Read summary and download 

Policy briefing: Asserting authority - calling time on rogue landlords

Applicable to: England
Published:  September 2011

Shelter is concerned about the state of the private rented sector. Local authorities dealt with more than 86,000 complaints from private tenants in 2010/11; yet, wider research finds that over 350,000 private renters experienced housing problems in the same year. Read summary and download 

Response: Financial Services Bill pre-legislative scrutiny

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Published:  September 2011

Shelter is interested in the Financial Services Bill because we know that poor financial regulation led to reckless mortgage lending, with severe consequences for individual borrowers, the housing market and the wider economy. As such, Shelter broadly welcomes the consumer protection proposals set out by the government in the draft legislation, which we believe could help to prevent the scale and the severity of the lending practice we witnessed in the build up to the financial crisis. Read summary and download 

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