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20 November

Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

New amending regulations that alter the requirements to be met in order to bring an appeal under regulation 10 of the Mobile Homes (Site Rules) (England) Regulations 2014 to make it consistent with the wording contained within the prescribed form in Schedule 2 to the Regulations, which also sets out the requirements in order to bring an appeal.

20 November, 2014

32 per cent of Right to Buy sales were in London between July and September 2014

New statistics also show that the average receipt per dwelling in the second quarter of 2014/2015 was £74,000 compared to £63,000 in the same quarter of 2013/2014.

20 November, 2014

19 November

Cawsand Fort Management Company Ltd, R (on the Application of) v Kane & Ors

In new judgment, High Court considers judicial review challenge to decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) appointing a manager of property under Part II section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, on the ground that the tribunal went beyond its powers in purporting to appoint a manager of property which is not within the scope of Part II of the Act.

19 November, 2014

52 per cent of those seeking help with homelessness are under 25, says Homeless Link

New report also finds that benefit sanctions are leading to increase in homelessness and that 58 per cent of under 25s seeking help with homelessness have one or more other problem such as mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or offending behaviour.

19 November, 2014

Crisis and Shelter intervene in Supreme Court case on how homeless people are assessed as vulnerable

Charities say that the outcome 'has the potential to address a longstanding injustice that has condemned many people to the streets after being turned away from help by their council.'

19 November, 2014

New National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of local authorities

Report highlights cuts in spending on care and housing as cuts to funding from government lead to over a quarter of single tier and county councils making unplanned reductions in service spend to deliver their 2013-2014 budgets.

19 November, 2014

18 November

New House of Commons Library Note on housing mobility schemes

Briefing gives a brief history of housing mobility schemes and policy developments in this area.

18 November, 2014

New House of Commons Library Note on landlords’ duty to check immigration status

Briefing sets out new obligations for private sector landlords and letting agents, specifically how and when to carry out checks, reporting to the Home Office and avoiding discrimination and considers concerns from landlord associations.

18 November, 2014

13 November

40,859 landlord possession claims in third quarter of 2014

New Ministry of Justice statistics report that this is the second consecutive quarterly decline when compared to the same period the previous year, although landlord repossessions by county court bailiffs, at 11,100 for the quarter, are at their highest in the series of statistics which covers the period from 2000.

13 November, 2014

2,178 empty homes in Wales brought back into use in 2013/2014

Welsh government's Houses into Homes scheme, which provides interest free loans to owners of properties which have been empty for more than six months in order to bring the properties back into use for sale or rent, shows a 99 per cent increase on 2012/2013.

13 November, 2014

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