Entries by Robbie Pritchard

Students’ housing worries during Covid-19

By Amanda Harris These are deeply unsettling times for many, none more so than the thousands of students who attend universities and higher education establishments across Wales. Not only have students been faced with huge disruption to their courses and exams, with universities closing and learning going online, but many are experiencing serious anxieties  and […]

Blog: Homelessness after lockdown: priority need for all?

Across Wales there are more than 500 homeless people in emergency accommodation due to the pandemic. Local agencies have worked incredibly hard to get people into safe places, whether that’s hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks, previously unlet social housing, even into permanent homes. Finding accommodation for so many people so quickly is a massive credit to […]

Blog: Preventing evictions in Wales during lockdown

At Shelter Cymru we share the disappointment of our sister organisation about the UK Government’s over-hyped measures to prevent evictions during the coronavirus outbreak. Rather than banning all evictions as promised, the emergency legislation will simply extend the current notice period for a section 21 eviction from two months to three. Over the last week […]

Ein Datganiad ar Coronafeirws

16/03/2019 Rydym yn ymwybodol bod nifer o denantiaid yn poeni ynghylch talu eu rhent yn ystod y pandemig coronafeirws. Mae gorfod hunan-ynysu yn golygu y bydd rhai pobl, yn enwedig pobl hunan gyflogedig neu sydd ar gytundeb ysbeidiol neu gytundeb zero oriau yn mynd i wynebu cynni ariannol. Yn ystod y cyfnod anodd hwn rydym […]

Blog: Ending social evictions that lead to homelessness

                  This week a slightly techy-sounding announcement from the Welsh Government included a small mention of something pretty huge. It’s something that has the potential to transform Wales’ social housing system into one of the most progressive in the world. It’s a goal that we at Shelter […]

Legal: How intentional homelessness is changing in Wales

  A recent Supreme Court case put the intentional homelessness test back in the spotlight, raising questions about how fair the test is and whether, for Wales, it should have any place at all in our homelessness system. The case concerned a woman known as Ms Samuels and her four children who, having been evicted, […]

Legal: Drafting issues with the Housing (Wales) Act 2014

  Evans vs Fleri (2019) Shelter Cymru represented Mr Evans in his appeal against an order of a district judge granting possession to his private landlord, even though the landlord was not licensed by Rent Smart Wales at the time he served Notice Requiring Possession. This was a surprising decision given that the Housing (Wales) […]