Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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17 April

Government publishes response to ‘Providing social housing for local people’ consultation

Consultation sought views on proposals to issue new statutory guidance for local authorities to assist them to use the flexibilities in the Localism Act 2011 to meet the needs of local residents and local communities; and to encourage them to be open and transparent about who is applying for and being allocated social housing in their local area.

17 April, 2014

Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (Amendment) (Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2014

New regulations that make amendments to certain Welsh language forms which are prescribed in the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) Regulations 1997 to insert references to universal credit.

17 April, 2014

More than a million households in England and Wales considered to be overcrowded

New Official Statistics for 2011 also highlight that overcrowding was most common among rented households, almost four times the proportion among owner occupied households.

17 April, 2014

15 April

Property Ombudsman Annual report reveals ‘substantial increase’ in complaints

16,000 enquiries and complaints about sales and letting agents received in 2013, up by 26 per cent on previous year.

15 April, 2014

Government announces stronger protection for tenants and leaseholders

From October, all letting and property agents will be required to join three approved 'redress schemes' - the Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services Property and the Property Redress Scheme.

15 April, 2014

14 April

Third of private rented homes fail to meet Decent Homes Standard, says CIH

Finding of UK Housing Review 2014, published today, in which CIH urges government to consider new ways to raise standards as number in private rented accommodation overtakes number in social rented housing.

14 April, 2014

Almost four million families one paycheque away from losing home, says Shelter

New survey also finds that a third of families would not be able to meet next rent or mortgage payment if they lost their job this month.

14 April, 2014

11 April

Yeung v Potel & Anor

New Court of Appeal judgment that considers whether building works carried out by the lessee of a flat constituted both a trespass and a nuisance to the lessee of the flat above, and whether damages for nuisance could be claimed for.

11 April, 2014

Tummond, R (on the application of) v Reading County Court & Anor

New High Court judgment that considers whether a section 21 notice (recovery of possession on termination of a shorthold tenancy) is valid if given at the start of a tenancy before the deposit is held in accordance with an authorised scheme under the Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007.

11 April, 2014

Tenants and landlords need clear advice on bedroom tax payment, says CIH Scotland

David Bookbinder, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at CIH Scotland, welcomes the Scottish government's commitment to cover the cost of the bedroom tax in 2014/15 but says, 'the missing bit of the jigsaw is clear advice to both tenants and landlords about what action needs to be taken now that the new financial year is here'.

11 April, 2014

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