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14 October

Young people leaving care often live in unsafe housing, move frequently, and experience homelessness

New report from Action for Children calls on all political parties to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children in care and care leavers, keep children safe when they return to their family after care, and to not give up on young people when their lives are at their most challenging.

14 October, 2014

All Party Parliamentary Group recommends full review of the Shared Accommodation Rate

New report looking at access to private rented housing for the under 35s also recommends an increase in the rent-a-room allowance, clarification of the circumstances when local authorities are able to charge council tax on bedsit accommodation, requiring landlords to make prospective tenants aware of all the likely costs associated with renting a property including the council tax band as well as estimated utility costs, and giving local authorities greater powers to secure community contributions from developers of large scale private rented sector developments as appropriate to local needs.

14 October, 2014

10 October

Graves v Capital Home Loans Ltd

New Court of Appeal case that considers whether sections 140A and 140B of the Consumer Credit Act applied to a mortgage and, if so, whether the relationship between the lender and appellant was unfair in its inclusion of a clause relating to the appellant's mental capacity in the agreement between them, and/or the way the lender exercised or enforced its rights under the agreement in the light of its knowledge of the appellant's mental disability.

10 October, 2014

A third of social housing in Wales fails to meet the Welsh Quality Housing Standard

New statistical release from the Welsh government shows that compliance with the quality standard is at 83 per cent for registered social landlords but only 44 per cent for local authority dwellings.

10 October, 2014

9 October

The Council Tax (Chargeable Dwellings) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2014

New statutory instrument makes amendments with the effect that a refuge in Wales must be treated as one dwelling for the purpose of council tax provision, even if the property comprises more than one self-contained unit.

09 October, 2014

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 1, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2014

First part of implementation package for Act includes that 1 August 2016 will be the date that provisions which will end the right to buy in Scotland will come into effect.

09 October, 2014

8 October

Welsh Housing Quality Standards annual report to March 2014

Statistics in new report include that, at 31 March 2014, 67 per cent of social housing dwellings (149,755 dwellings) were compliant with the standards (including acceptable fails) compared to 60 per cent a year earlier.

08 October, 2014

Weekly housing law update from Lime Legal

Issue 2 of Housing Law Week, a weekly email update bulletin for housing professionals and housing lawyers edited by Jan Luba QC.

08 October, 2014

DCLG publishes guide to redress schemes for letting agents and property managers

New leaflet provides information on requirement, from 1 October 2014, for letting agents and property managers in England to join one of three government approved redress schemes.

08 October, 2014

Ajilore v London Borough of Hackney

New Court of Appeal decision which considers the assessment of a person as 'vulnerable' in order to be considered priority need for housing under the provisions of the Housing Act 1996.

08 October, 2014

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