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16 December, 2011

Mortgage arrears and repossessions set to increase

Council of Mortgage Lenders publishes it's forecasts for 2012 which predicts an increase in number of borrowers behind on their mortgage payments.

15 December, 2011

Jones & Anor v Gray & Anor

[2011] CSOH 204

15 December, 2011

Proposed Revised Accounting Direction for Social Housing in England from April 2012

Tenant Services Authority publishes consultation document which sets out proposals for changes to accounting requirements for private registered providers of social housing.

15 December, 2011

Housing Minister urges public to help solve rough sleeping this Christmas by calling local hotlines

Minister appeals to public to help rough sleepers by calling one of the 24-hour hotlines to bring urgent assistance to rough sleepers.

14 December, 2011

Rents, rent differentials and service charges for private registered providers 2012-13

Tenant Services Authority publishes regulatory framework which covers standards that registered providers of social housing are expected to follow.

14 December, 2011

Areas of England where people are most at risk of eviction

New research published by Shelter shows that with 1 in every 111 homes at risk of eviction, those living in London, Manchester, Slough and Peterborough are most at risk.

14 December, 2011

Private tenants are trapped into higher fuel bills

Citizens Advice and Friends of the Earth call on private landlords to take responsibility for cutting tenants’ fuel bills and make their homes more energy efficient.

12 December, 2011

One in four people in Britain is worried about losing their home

YouGov survey for Crisis also found that nearly three quarters of people would support a change in current law so that councils must provide advice, assistance and emergency accommodation to single homeless people.

12 December, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 244 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

9 December, 2011

Housing benefit cut for households deemed to be underoccupying ‘could be up to £1,400 per year’

National Housing Federation says that cut 'will have disastrous implications' for people including foster carers, grandparents, disabled people and smaller families.

8 December, 2011

‘Local tax lock’ referendum where local authority raises council tax by more than 3.5 per cent

Government is 'radically extending direct democracy over big bill increases', says Eric Pickles.

8 December, 2011

Number accepted as owed main homelessness duty up by 6 per cent on last year

New National Statistics on statutory homelessness for July to September 2011 also show slight increase in numbers in temporary accommodation.

7 December, 2011

7 December, 2011

Minister pledges to abolish ‘digital apartheid’ for social tenants

Estimates suggest nearly half of social tenants in England do not have access to the internet or have never gone online.

6 December, 2011

New framework of standards for tenant scrutiny to improve quality of housing services

New Quality Assured Scrutiny accreditation scheme from TPAS, HouseMark and CIH which will recognise quality of tenant scrutiny and improvements it will deliver in social housing.

5 December, 2011

Youth homelessness on the rise in England

New report published by Homeless Link shows that relationship breakdowns are causing a rise in homelessness among young people.

5 December, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 243 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

1 December, 2011

1 December, 2011

Early debt advice can prevent evictions

New report published by Financial Inclusion Centre is designed to help housing associations calculate the value of debt advice in terms of reducing rent arrears.