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27 September, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 188 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

24 September, 2010

Government confirms no council tax revaluation in England during lifetime of current Parliament

Exercise would be unnecessary and expensive, says Treasury Minister.

23 September, 2010

7,000 households in Northern Ireland facing mortgage shortfalls as a result of SMI changes

Advice NI warns that next month's cuts to the Support for Mortgage Interest scheme will leave many at risk of plunging into arrears.

23 September, 2010

Number of homeless households in Wales up 10 per cent on last year

Pattern likely to become more pronounced as welfare and public spending cuts start to bite, warns Shelter Cymru.

23 September, 2010

Ministers in talks to prevent wave of evictions due to cuts to housing benefit

Liberal Democrat deputy leader also examining whether inner London boroughs could transfer some homeless applicants to outer boroughs.

23 September, 2010

Minority of landlords prepared to lower their rents in response to LHA cuts

New survey from London Councils highlights that more than 82,000 households in the capital could be priced out of their homes.

22 September, 2010

Equality Act 2010

New Commencement Orders issued that bring into force specified provisions of the 2010 Act

21 September, 2010

21 September, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 187 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

21 September, 2010

Housing minister denies that right to buy is being reviewed

Coalition parties 'at loggerheads' over the future of council house sell-offs.

17 September, 2010

Government to review local authority ‘right to buy’ scheme

Coalition looking for ways to increase available housing stock, reports guardian.co.uk

17 September, 2010

Local councils facing shortfall equivalent to more than the entire adult social care budget

Local Government Association warns of risks to frontline services as a result of budget cuts in the government’s spending review.

16 September, 2010

Making it easier for social housing tenants wanting to move home to find a property

Report of the Mobility Taskforce published by the National Housing Federation.

16 September, 2010

Sweeping changes required to shape future housing policy in Scotland

Housing Minister says that financial climate means that never before has there been more urgency to ensure value for money underpins the Scottish Government's future investment programme in housing.

15 September, 2010

Black and minority ethnic communities’ experience of overcrowding

New briefing paper from the Race Equality Foundation.

15 September, 2010

Housing for homeless people with complex support needs

New research from Crisis that looks at the effectiveness of ‘orthodox’ and ‘innovative’ models of housing support.

15 September, 2010

Recent developments in housing law

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

15 September, 2010

New Direct Payments regulations in England

Legislation removes requirement for local authorities to carry out a financial assessment when determining what amount is reasonably practicable for a direct payment recipient to pay towards securing the provision of residential accommodation.

14 September, 2010

Landlords Association calls for zero tolerance approach to worst excesses of the rental market

Rogue landlords, the small criminal minority who operate at the fringe of the private-rented sector, are an embarrassment, says National Landlords Association.