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22 November, 2010

Housing Law Update

Issue 194 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

17 November, 2010

15 November, 2010

Government launches consultation on reform of legal aid system in England & Wales

Proposals including taking employment and certain debt and housing matters 'out of scope'.

15 November, 2010

15 November, 2010

Housing Law Update

Issue 193 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

12 November, 2010

National Housing Federation responds to publication of welfare reform White Paper

Proposals recognise the importance of a stable rental income for social landlords and contain reassurances for housing associations that the housing component of the new credit will be based on actual rents.

11 November, 2010

Number of people struggling to pay their mortgage has surged by 78 per cent over the past year

New Shelter survey highlights that 'thousands of people are hanging on to their homes by the skin of their teeth’

11 November, 2010

Government welcomes new figures that show that fewer homeowners facing threat of repossession

Council of Mortgage Lenders highlights that repossessions in the third quarter of 2010 were down five per cent on the previous quarter, and 27 per cent less than the same time in 2009.

9 November, 2010

Government department business plans published on ‘transparency database’

Plans for next four years, including those for Department for Communities and Local Government and Department of Health.

9 November, 2010

Housing Law Update

Issue 192 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

9 November, 2010

Number of social homes will be reduced by 123,000 over course of parliament

National Housing Federation assessment following government's 63 percent cut to housing budget.

8 November, 2010

Government launches online guide for homeowners whose property has been squatted

Housing Minister pledges to 'shut the door' to squatters by making homeowners as aware of their rights as those looking to take over their properties.

5 November, 2010

Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomes ruling on rights of social housing tenants

Whilst Supreme Court judgment does not prevent landlords from evicting a tenant, they will have the right to have the reasonableness and proportionality of the decision heard by the courts, says EHRC

5 November, 2010

HMOs (Specified Educational Establishments) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2010

New regulations which specify certain educational establishments managing or having control of buildings which are not Houses in Multiple Occupations for the purpose of the Housing Act 2004.

5 November, 2010

Housing (Codes of Management Practice) (Student Accommodation) (England) Order 2010

New statutory rule which approves a code of practice with regard to the management of houses in multiple occupation and other living accommodation occupied solely or principally by full-time students.

4 November, 2010

4 November, 2010

Scottish Housing Bill passed

New law passed that will abolish the right to buy for new council house and housing association tenants.

4 November, 2010

Welfare minister seeks new definition of homelessness

Lord Freud signals a possible revision of the statutory definition of homelessness – so that it need not include overcrowding, or the risk of homelessness.

2 November, 2010

Thomas v Clydesdale Bank Plc

[2010] EWHC 2755 (QB)