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11 July, 2011

Private tenancy costs have risen 55 per cent in last six years

The Department for Communities and Local Government publishes English Housing Survey 2009/2010 Household Report.

11 July, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 225 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

8 July, 2011

Implementing social housing reform: directions to the Social Housing Regulator - Consultation

Government publishes consultation paper which seeks views on proposed draft directions to the social housing regulator under section 197 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

8 July, 2011

National Inclusion Health Board welcomes government’s ambition to put an end to rough sleeping

Inclusion Health will identify what must be done to include the needs of homeless people in commissioning of health services and prevent homeless people being discharged from hospital on to the streets.

7 July, 2011

7 July, 2011

Reaction to report highlighting councils failings over legal duties to homeless people

Crisis and Homeless Link issue responses to publication of Local Government Ombudsman report which examines councils duties to homeless people.

7 July, 2011

Reforms will lead to first cut in social housing waiting lists for 22 years

Housing Minister pledges that government's packages of reforms, including greater flexibility for councils to manage their own waiting lists, will reduce social housing waiting lists.

7 July, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

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

6 July, 2011

Babakandi v Westminster City Council

[2011] EWHC 1756 (Admin)

6 July, 2011

Government launches ‘No Second Night Out’ to tackle rough sleeping

Housing Minister announces new £20m Homelessness Transition Fund for the voluntary sector to help people off the streets.

6 July, 2011

Councils failing legal duties to homeless people

Local Government Ombudsman warns councils that they face criticism for maladministration if they fail to meet responsibilities to homeless people.

5 July, 2011

Public attitudes to housing in England

New report published by Department for Communitites and Local Government provides findings from a housing module of the British Social Attitudes survey.

4 July, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 224 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

4 July, 2011

Private tenants feel ‘powerless’ when facing problems with their landlord

Survey published by Shelter shows that 16 per cent of people have had issues with their landlord in the last ten years.

30 June, 2011

30 June, 2011

Count of Gypsy and Traveller Caravans

Government publishes bi-annual count of gypsy and traveller caravans that records number of caravans on both authorised and unauthorised sites across England.

29 June, 2011

Housing (Amendment) (2011 Act) (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

New statutory rule brings sections 3 to 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 17 to 24 of the Housing (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 into operation on 30 June 2011 and brings sections 12, 13 and 16 of the Act into operation on 1 September 2011.

29 June, 2011

Ministers debate Social Housing in Westminster Hall

Grant Shapps, Minister for Housing and Local Government, leads debate on housing in Parliament.

29 June, 2011

Tenant Services Authority announces new approach to social housing inspection

Regulator will only investigate social landlords if it has reason to believe the provider is ‘seriously failing’ TSA standards or regulatory requirements.