Other areas of social welfare law

Housing

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8 July

Complaints process for social tenants published on government’s website

Tenants have a right to know how to complain if they get a poor service from their social landlord, says Housing Minister Kris Hopkins.

08 July, 2014

7 July

Nearly Legal discusses Upper Tribunal decision on Rent Repayment Orders

New article on decision giving guidance on how a tribunal should assess the amount to be paid under a Rent Repayment Order.

07 July, 2014

4 July

Daejan Properties Ltd v Griffin & Anor

New Upper Tribunal decision which considers whether historic neglect by the landlord may provide a defence to a claim for service charges.

04 July, 2014

2 July

House of Commons Library note on succession rights and social housing

New briefing paper gives an overview of the statutory rights of occupiers of social housing in England and Wales to succeed to a tenancy on the death of the previous sole or joint tenant.

02 July, 2014

30 June

Citizens Advice evidence report on housing related enquiries

New report highlights 'huge problems being created by our failing housing market that need to be fixed', including high rents, costly deposits and fees to agents and quality of accommodation.

30 June, 2014

27 June

Consumer Rights Bill 2013-14 to 2014-15

First reading of bill that changes the law on unfair tenancy terms and makes letting agents publish their fees.

27 June, 2014

Rogue landlords should be subject to banning orders, say MPs

Other measures recommended in a new report from an all-party parliamentary group include the introduction of a national licence for landlords, more training for those letting properties, a requirement for landlords to provide details of the utility bills associated with the property they are renting, and development of a single guide for tenants on renting a property which includes a checklist of questions they should ask.

27 June, 2014

26 June

Temur v London Borough of Hackney

New Court of Appeal judgment considers whether reviewing officer entitled to make less favourable decision on homelessness than the one under review, and whether it is necessary, when considering if current accommodation is so unsatisfactory that a person is homeless, to apply the tests in sections 206 and 210 of the Housing Act 1996.

26 June, 2014

Right to Buy to be abolished in Scotland

BBC reports on yesterday's vote in Scottish Parliament which means that tenants have two years to apply to buy homes before Right to Buy scrapped in 2016.

26 June, 2014

Repossession claims by landlords at highest level in more than a decade

UK Housing Review Briefing from Chartered Institute of Housing also reports a five per cent increase in people sleeping rough and a six per cent increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation over the last year.

26 June, 2014

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