The House of Commons Library have published an April 2018 briefing on the progress of the ‘Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill 2017-19’ as it completes committee stage.
The Bill will ensure that victims of domestic violence retain a right to a ‘lifetime’ secure tenancy by giving them an exemption from mandatory fixed-term tenancies as part of the Housing and Planning Act 2016.
The Bill has cross-party support and has been welcomed by Women’s Aid and other organisations who support victims of domestic violence.
During the debate on Second Reading, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth said:
This short, targeted Bill is an important part of the Government’s wider aim of supporting victims of domestic abuse to leave their abusive situation, and ensuring that they and their families are provided with the stability and security they need and deserve.