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9 October

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

6 October

Scottish Government launches consultation on increasing security for tenants

View sought, by 28 December, on proposals to modernise the reasons a landlord can use to get back possession of their property; enable tenants to stay in their home at the end of their lease unless one of the new reasons above occur; and introduce longer notice periods for landlords and tenants.

06 October, 2014

3 October

Poll tax arrears collection to be scrapped in Scotland

Legislation to be introduced in the Scottish Government’s forthcoming legislation programme that will mean councils will no longer have the ability to collect poll tax arrears, but will be compensated for outstanding amounts in line with current collection rates.

03 October, 2014

Government announces expansion of Warm Home Discount scheme for 2014/2015

Scheme to be expanded to everyone in receipt of pension credit guarantee credit, including those also in receipt of pension credit guarantee credit with savings credit.

03 October, 2014

Housing Minister welcomes new rules that require letting agents to join a redress scheme

Schemes run by The Property Ombudsman, Ombudsman Services Property and the Property Redress Scheme offer independent investigation into complaints about hidden fees or poor service.

03 October, 2014

Government launches consultation on changes to the Warm Home Discount scheme

Exercise seeks views, ahead of 13 November deadline, on proposed changes for 2015/2016

03 October, 2014

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