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2 November, 2011

Mitu v London Borough of Camden

[2011] EWCA civ 1249

2 November, 2011

Call for amendments to Health and Social Care Bill to meet needs of homeless

Homeless people are more likely to have poor physical and mental health, yet they are often overlooked in decision making processes which inform health commissioning, says Homeless Link.

2 November, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

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

1 November, 2011

Government launches cold weather plan to help most vulnerable

New measures include making extra £10m available to support existing schemes for those at risk of fuel poverty, and creating new £20m fund, supported by Age UK, to address cold housing.

1 November, 2011

Amendment to Localism Bill ensures anti-social tenants are not granted ‘lifetime’ tenancies

Change to legislation so that where fixed-term assured shorthold tenancy is demoted, tenant can be given another fixed-term tenancy upon successful completion of demotion period.

1 November, 2011

Government publishes consultation to help families with their council tax bills

Proposals include giving councils flexibility to remove council tax relief on second homes, and ensuring banks are liable for council tax on the empty homes they repossess.

1 November, 2011

Localism Bill amendment allows tenants to approach Housing Ombudsman directly

Social housing tenants retain option to go directly to independent ombudsman after landlord's internal complaints process, following National Housing Federation campaign.

1 November, 2011

35,000 people face losing their home between now and Christmas

Shelter's Christmas campaign shows that every two minutes someone faces losing their home.

31 October, 2011

Government to allow second home council tax discount cut

Owners of second homes in England could lose council tax discounts, under plans due to be announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, reports BBC.

31 October, 2011

Three out of five outreach workers report increase in number of rough sleepers

New report published by St Mungo's highlights relationship breakdowns, domestic violence and mental health conditions as three of the main traumas leading people to sleep rough.

31 October, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 239 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

27 October, 2011

Saxon Weald Homes Ltd v Chadwick

[2011] EWCA Civ 1202

27 October, 2011

Government launches nationwide home swap scheme

New online 'HomeSwap Direct' scheme will give tenants who want to move house greater choice over potential swaps by allowing them to see every available property in the country.

27 October, 2011

Government plans to criminalise squatting and strengthen law on self-defence

New amendments to Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will be debated in the House of Commons next week.

25 October, 2011

25 October, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 238 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

25 October, 2011

Government calls on social landlords to help tenants reduce energy bills

Housing Minister urges landlords to use existing funding models to start a 'Pay As You Save' scheme to make homes warmer and cheaper to run.

25 October, 2011

Families in Wales forced to sell homes to pay for care fees

Number of people qualifying for continuing care nursing home funding has dropped by 7 per cent since a new assessment process was introduced, reports BBC Wales.

24 October, 2011