The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018 became law in May last year – but there is no sign of it actually coming into force.
The Act had support in all political parties – believing that no-one should have to prioritise their personal security in escaping abuse, over their longer-term housing security.
It should mean that anybody in England who leaves a secure social housing tenancy due to domestic abuse should receive the same security of tenure when they apply to a new local authority.
So what’s happened?
Well, it seems to be waiting for the Secretary of State to fill in the detail – to provide the regulations.
In the past year, since it became law, thousands of women will have left permanent housing tenancies to escape domestic abuse.
Did they lose those tenancies? Did they keep the security of a permanent tenancy?
The simple answer is, we don’t know.
There is now a new Secretary of State – the second since the Bill was first introduced – and we’re still waiting…