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Housing

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4 September

Garden Court Chambers reports on acquittal of squatters

Court finds that no one was 'living' in property, occupied in protest at Camden Council's sale of council houses, as squatters were there on a rota basis.

04 September, 2014

3 September

West Midlands to be first area where landlords obliged to check immigration status of tenants

New guidance advises that, from 1 December, landlords in relevant areas face fine of £3,000 if they rent out properties to those who do no have 'the right to rent'.

03 September, 2014

Unsuitable housing leaves thousands of older people facing delays in being discharged from hospital

New report from Age UK, 'Housing in Later Life', calls on the Government to ensure that all new homes are built to the lifetime homes standard so they can be easily adapted as people age.

03 September, 2014

Evictions by housing associations up by 18.6 per cent between 2012/2013 and 2013/2014

Homes and Communities Agency release statistics from an annual online survey completed by all English private registered providers.

03 September, 2014

18,564 mortgages completed with Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme in first nine months

New DCLG statistics for period 8 October 2013 to 30 June 2014 also show that 79 per cent were purchases by first time buyers.

03 September, 2014

2 September

DCLG publishes qualitative evaluation of London homelessness social impact bond

Findings of first interim report include that 'performance in year one of the programme, against the five outcomes and in the context of the targets set at the outset, has been variable'.

02 September, 2014

1 September

Landlords should be offered tax breaks for signing up to accreditation scheme, says CIH

However, new report also warns that more effective regulation is needed to tackle unscrupulous landlords and to ban letting agents from charging tenants fees.

01 September, 2014

29 August

Scottish Housing Regulator launches new performance information for tenants

New reports set out how Scotland’s social landlords are performing against the Scottish Social Housing Charter in the areas tenants told the Regulator matter most: homes and rents, quality and maintenance, neighbourhoods, tenant satisfaction and value for money.

29 August, 2014

Couple awarded £10,000 compensation for delay of over two years in giving them a personal budget

Local Government Ombudsman also finds that the couple did not receive adequate housing advice and their housing application was not prioritised in accordance with the council's housing policy, and in addition the council continued to charge council tax on the couple's former home even though an exemption should have been applied.

29 August, 2014

22 August

Condition of many of Britain’s social housing estates is ‘nothing short of a national embarrassment’

New report from the Policy Exchange says that the results of decades of neglect and ghettoization have led to acute social problems that are entrenched and generational.

22 August, 2014

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