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13 January, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

November and December updates, as published in the Legal Action Magazine, now available from the Garden Court Chambers website.

11 January, 2011

Home Repair Assistance Grant (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

New regulations that amend application procedure and add income-based employment and support allowance to list of benefits that can lead to grant entitlement.

11 January, 2011

Chartered Institute of Housing to manage national standard for preventing anti-social behaviour

The Respect Standard, which is designed to drive up landlords’ performance on preventing and tackling anti-social behaviour, will now be run by housing professionals rather than central government.

11 January, 2011

Housing Minister proposes new additional mandatory ground for possession

Tenants with a track record of anti-social behaviour will be evicted from their council or housing association property much more quickly under new government plans

10 January, 2011

New incentives for councils to bring empty homes back into use

Government's New Homes Bonus will match any council tax raised for every empty property brought back into use.

10 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 200 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

7 January, 2011

Government acts to restrict the use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders

Communities Secretary announces end to rules that can mean people who leave their house empty for more than six months risk having it seized by their local authority.

6 January, 2011

More than two million people have used credit cards to pay their mortgage or rent

Shelter research reveals how people constantly struggling with their housing costs are being forced to take drastic measures in order to keep a roof over their head.

5 January, 2011

People resorting to crime and unwanted sexual relationships to escape homelessness

Research commissioned by Crisis reveals the desperate measures individuals take to get off the streets and find a place to sleep.

4 January, 2011

Review of Single Homelessness in the UK 2000 - 2010

New Crisis research that provides an overview of the recent history and causes of and policy responses to single homelessness.

4 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 199 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

23 December, 2010

Impact on former offenders of exclusion from bank accounts, insurance and affordable credit

New report from the Prison Reform Trust and UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders.

22 December, 2010

McHale & Ors. v Cadogan

[2010] EWCA Civ 1471

21 December, 2010

Housing Law Update

Issue 198 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

16 December, 2010

Housing Minister launches ‘national crackdown on tenancy cheats’

Government also aiming to lower cost of using the services of credit reference agencies to help identify potential fraud.

14 December, 2010

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2010

New statutory instrument that brings section 143 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 into force on 3 January 2011 for the limited purpose of enabling Scottish Ministers to make regulations.

13 December, 2010

Councils to be given more control over allocation and tenure of social housing

Localism Bill will also allow councils to offer more 'flexible' solutions to people at risk of homelessness.

13 December, 2010

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

New legislation, which will abolish the right to buy for new social tenants, recieves royal assent.

13 December, 2010

Housing Law Update

Issue 197 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.