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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.

28 June, 2011

Rising interest rates could cause ‘wave of reposessions’

Richard Banks, chief executive of UK Asset Resolution says a policy of 'tough love' would be fairer to people facing long-term difficulty in keeping up payments, reports guardian.co.uk

28 June, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 223 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

27 June, 2011

Homeless people risk social exclusion without ‘Big Society muscle’

Report published by St Mungo's shows that less than 9 per cent of people think government is doing enough to protect homeless people.

24 June, 2011

Government to consult on extending Freedom of Information Act to include housing associations

All organisations that receive public investment should become more transparent and open to taxpayers who put the pennies in the purse, says Housing Minister.

23 June, 2011

Assured Tenancies (Amendment of Rental Threshold) (Wales) Order 2011

New regulations that amend the amount of annual rent above which a tenancy cannot be an assured tenancy under Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1988. The amount is increased from £25,000 to £100,000 with effect from 1 December 2011.

23 June, 2011

One in five private landlords now shun Local Housing Allowance tenants

Retreat follows government plans to reduce LHA to a maximum of £400 a week, pricing many tenants out of private market, says National Landlord's Association.

21 June, 2011

Government publishes Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Employment and certain debt and housing matters to be taken 'out of scope' of legal aid.

21 June, 2011

Shelter report shows link between house repossessions and unemployment

Research shows places in England with highest proportion of homeowners who have been issued with a possession order for their home.

20 June, 2011

Housing costs cause depression

Shelter research shows 38 per cent of people in Britain believe high housing costs cause stress and depression in their family.

20 June, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 222 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

15 June, 2011