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26 July, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 227 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

22 July, 2011

Rees & Anor v Peters

[2011] EWCA Civ 836

22 July, 2011

Office for Tenants and Social Landlords publishes annual report

Social housing regulator, previously known as the Tenant Services Authority, highlights its role in 'ongoing engagement to support good governance and viability in the sector'.

21 July, 2011

Homelessness charity gives qualified welcome to government concession on shared room rate changes

However, St Mungos still worried that housing benefit reforms may tip people into homelessness and rough sleeping.

20 July, 2011

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes 2010/2011 Annual Report and Accounts

Achievements highlighted in report include freezing council tax in all England's councils and launching the New Homes Bonus to reward local authorities that build more homes.

19 July, 2011

19 July, 2011

Housing benefit cut will hit 62,500 25-34 year-olds and lead to increase in homelessness

Crisis publishes research undertaken by York University which examines the impact of extending the shared accommodation rate to cover people aged up to 35.

18 July, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 226 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

14 July, 2011

Government plans to make squatting a criminal offence and abolish ‘squatters rights’

Ministry of Justice launches consultation which also includes plans to work with enforcement authorities to ensure squatters are prosecuted for any other offences they commit.

14 July, 2011

One in four London children now live in overcrowded homes

Shelter highlights analysis of English Housing Survey which shows that the number children living in overcrowded conditions has increased by 18 per cent.

13 July, 2011

13 July, 2011

Jones & Anor v Ruth & Anor

[2011] EWCA Civ 804

13 July, 2011

Government must not forget poorer homeowners

TUC report calls for a new approach to housing policy and says that although more people want to own their own homes, home ownership does not always bring prosperity.

12 July, 2011

Open Public Services White Paper

Government publishes paper which sets out plans to encourage innovation and give people more choice and control over the services they use.

12 July, 2011

Implications of the Affordable Rent Model in London

London Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee publishes report which shows raising income through higher rents to build new affordable homes and setting rents at levels people can afford will be particularly difficult in London.

11 July, 2011

National Housing Federation responds to government directions to social housing regulator

Federation 'disappointed' that proposed directions are longer and more detailed than those issued under the last government following passage of the Housing and Regeneration 2008 Act.

11 July, 2011

Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2011

New regulations that bring into force specified provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including entitling disabled people to make disability-related alterations or additions to some common parts of residential property in Scotland.

11 July, 2011

Housing organisations join forces to protect tenants’ right to complain

National Housing Federation, Shelter and the Tenant Participation Advisory Service have written joint letter highlighting concerns over clause in the Localism Bill that will prevent tenants from complaining directly to housing ombudsman.

11 July, 2011

Private tenancy costs have risen 55 per cent in last six years

The Department for Communities and Local Government publishes English Housing Survey 2009/2010 Household Report.