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27 January

Eric Pickles announces plan to reduce powers of entry of council tax inspectors

Under legislative proposals, if Valuation Office officials have been unable to gain access to a property by consent, they will have to seek the authority of a judicial tribunal to scrutinise the proposed entry.

27 January, 2015

26 January

Only one affordable home built for every five sold under Right to Buy

Guardian reports that government has failed to fulfil its 2011 pledge that it would replace every property sold under the scheme with a new one.

26 January, 2015

23 January

Consultation on the future of Right to Buy and Right to Acquire in Wales

Views sought by 16 April 2015 on the Welsh government's proposals to change existing legislation to reduce the maximum discount available to a tenant who applies to buy their home from their council or housing association landlord, and develop new legislation to end the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire.

23 January, 2015

22 January

Senior Conservatives proposing that Right to Buy be extended to housing association properties

Telegraph reports that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith amongst those backing proposal which could form part of Conservative election manifesto.

22 January, 2015

Ramsay v Love

In new judgment, High Court finds that Gordon Ramsay was liable to pay rent where his agreement to act as guarantor had been signed with a 'ghost pen'.

22 January, 2015

Scottish Government announces reduction in proposed rates of tax on property purchase

Deputy First Minister John Swinney sets out new rates which will see 50 per cent of all household transactions paying no tax and over 40,000 buyers paying less on the purchase of a new home.

22 January, 2015

Welsh Government announces intention to end to Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Lesley Griffiths also sets out plans to halve the current maximum discount from £16,000 to £8,000.

22 January, 2015

Best, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Justice (Rev 1)

In new judgment, Court of Appeal finds that it is possible to establish title to property through adverse possession even if part of that possession, in the form of squatting, was against the law.

22 January, 2015

21 January

Moore & Anor v Secretary of State for Communities And Local Government

In a new judgment, the High Court finds that process for appeal against refusal of planning permission for pitch to be used by travellers discriminated against travellers and amounted to breach of Article 6 of European Convention on Human Rights.

21 January, 2015

DCLG consults on future shape of English Housing Survey

Consultation asks users of the survey to comment on approaches for making savings on the survey and to suggest alternatives for achieving the same outcome.

21 January, 2015

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