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10 July

Housing (Right to Buy) (Prescribed Forms) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014

New statutory instrument introduces new form of notice (the 'RTB1') to be used by a tenant claiming to exercise the right to buy his or her dwelling-house in accordance with section 122 of the Housing Act 1985.

10 July, 2014

Welsh Assembly approves Housing (Wales) Bill

Bringing the Bill before the Chamber, Carl Sergeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, said, 'The issues that we are addressing through the Bill—the private rented sector and homelessness, for example—are not problems unique to Wales, but, unlike England, we are doing something about them ...'

10 July, 2014

9 July

Homeless people ‘twice as likely to be ill’

New research from Homeless Link shows that proportion of homeless people in England reporting some form of physical and mental health problem is at least double that of general population, and that many are not getting the right help.

09 July, 2014

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

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