The Housing Act 2004 is a major law that will protect the most vulnerable people in society and help to create a fairer and better housing market.

Click here for the Government’s notes about the Housing Act 2004, including links to notes for people who want to understand the Act but have no specialist or legal knowledge.

These factsheets provide information about the Housing Act 2004. (These links will take you out of our website.)


Changes in the law
Protecting tenants’ deposits

Under the Housing Act 2004, tenants have their deposits protected for assured shorthold tenancies. This should remove the risk of landlords and letting agents keeping them illegally.

Click the links below if you would like to know more about protecting deposits. (These links will take you out of our website.)

Tenancy Deposit Schemes
An Evaluation of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Empty homes

  • mean waste, expense and missed opportunity
  • harm communities
  • attract vandals and squatters and
  • use the resources of local authorities and the emergency services.

Bringing empty homes back into use is a good way of meeting future housing demand and reduces pressure to develop greenfield sites.

Click the links below for information issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government. (These links will take you out of our website.)

Background information on the empty homes and how they affect the community.

The Government has introduced a range of tax incentives to encourage people to use empty properties.

This link leads to data on the number of empty homes (vacant dwellings) broken down by local authority.