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Housing

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22 October

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (Wales) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument introduces provisions relating to applications to Property Tribunal arising from Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013.

22 October, 2014

Nzolameso v City of Westminster

In new judgment, Court of Appeal decides that local authority had discharged homelessness duty by offering temporary accommodation in Bletchley, near Milton Keynes.

22 October, 2014

17 October

Homelessness won’t be tackled without more housing, says Homeless Link

Responding to the Lyons review which says, without a change of course, the country will be short of up to two million homes by 2020, Jacqui McCluskey, Director of Policy and Communications at Homeless Link, said the review 'provides a clear roadmap for tackling a major cause of homelessness, the chronic shortage of an affordable place to call home'.

17 October, 2014

16 October

Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) Regulations 2014

New regulations that make provision for which persons from abroad will be eligible or ineligible for an allocation of housing accommodation under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and for housing assistance under Part 7 of the Act.

16 October, 2014

Sales of social housing increased 60 per cent in 2013/2014 compared to previous year

New statistics from DCLG also show that the average discount, as a percentage of market value, of Right to Buy local authority dwellings sold was 47 per cent in 2013/2014 compared to 27 per cent in 2011/2012.

16 October, 2014

Poorest tenants are taking on additional debt

New report from Riverside highlights that tenants in the lowest income group have taken on more debts to cover sudden and unforeseen changes in benefit entitlement and the deepening impact of the bedroom tax.

16 October, 2014

Homeless people who ask their council for help are being turned away

New research from Crisis reports that, in 50 out of 87 visits by mystery shoppers to 16 local authorities across England, little or no help was given even though the scenarios presented were that the person had nowhere to stay that evening.

16 October, 2014

15 October

More than one in ten renting families have suffered health problems in past year due to disrepair

New research from Shelter also shows that over 60,000 families threatened with eviction in the past year for complaining about bad conditions in their homes.

15 October, 2014

Scottish Government lowers price ceiling for Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme

From 22 October 2014, the shared equity scheme will only apply to homes worth up to £250,000, rather than the current maximum of £400,000.

15 October, 2014

AA v London Borough of Southwark

High Court considers claims for damages following illegal eviction and illegal seizing and destroying of all of social housing tenant's possessions.

15 October, 2014

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