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15 June, 2011

Updating leasehold value limits

Government publishes consultation paper containing proposals for updating property value limits used to determine whether certain rights are available to residential long leaseholders.

15 June, 2011

Closer links for councils with landlords and letting agents to support those at risk of homelessness

Housing Minister announces that proposals in Localism Bill will mean that homeless families will helped to find a suitable, safe and secure home in private rented sector.

15 June, 2011

Government launch plans to give tenants greater support to hold landlords to account

£535,000 training programme launched to give tenants confidence and skills to sit on tenant panels to represent their neighbours and resolve local disputes.

14 June, 2011

Whittaker v Kinnear

[2011] EWHC 1479 (QB)

13 June, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 221 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

10 June, 2011

Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

New Statutory Rule that increases rents registered with the rent officer for Northern Ireland, during the period beginning on 2 April 2007 and ending on 3 April 2011, by 3.75 per cent.

10 June, 2011

Reaction to Statutory Homelessness: March Quarter 2011 statistics

Shelter, Crisis and Homeless Link issue responses to today's National Statistics publication that shows an increase in homelessness.

10 June, 2011

Impact Assessment for Affordable Rent

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes document appraising reforms to delivery of social housing, including giving flexibility to social landlords to determine types of tenancies, and a new policy on rents.

10 June, 2011

Homelessness increases by 18 per cent during January to March 2011

Government publishes homelessness statistics which also show 23 per cent increase in number of people approaching local council for housing help.

8 June, 2011

Homeless Link publishes Survey of Needs and Provision 2011

New report provides an updated picture of services for homeless people and tracks changes compared to previous years.

6 June, 2011

People with incomes greater than £100,000 to lose social housing

Telegraph reports that ministers will target those who can afford to buy or rent a house but instead choose to live in a council house.

6 June, 2011

Housing issues rising for under 25’s

Young people account for 1 in 4 of all homelessness enquiries, says Citizens Advice.

6 June, 2011

11,000 disabled people face losing their homes

Crisis warns that changes to Shared Accommodation Rate threatens to force vulnerable people into homelessness.

6 June, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 220 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

2 June, 2011

House repossessions to rise in 2012

Council of Mortgage Lenders publishes mortgage and housing market forecasts which predict arrears and possessions are set to rise and remain at high levels.

1 June, 2011

Government must act now to stop future housing market ‘bubbles’

New report published by IPPR says that the FSA should recommend ‘loan to value’ and ‘loan to income’ caps in its current Mortgage Market Review.

1 June, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

April update, as published in the Legal Action Magazine, now available from the Garden Court Chambers website.

31 May, 2011

Housing benefit cuts could increase number of people turning to loan sharks

Vulnerable families will face shortfall of £676 as a result of the 'under occupancy' penalty, leaving them at risk of falling into debt, says National Housing Federation.

31 May, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 219 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.