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10 March, 2011

One in four homeowners unaware that interest rates are at a record low

Shelter expresses concern that millions will be financially unprepared when interest rates go up and won’t have plans in place to manage increased costs.

10 March, 2011

Number of applicants accepted as owed a main homelessness duty increases by 15 per cent

Department for Communities and Local Government publishes new National Statistics on Statutory Homelessness for October to December 2010.

10 March, 2011

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2011

New regulations that bring into force section 153(a) of the 2010 Act, for the purpose of enabling consultation by the Scottish Ministers in terms of section 16(5B) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

7 March, 2011

Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2011

New regulations in relation to the maximum amount a billing authority may recover in connection with applications for liability orders, and the costs connected with committal.

7 March, 2011

Government announces £11m increase in Disabled Facilities Grant allocation

Plus, from April the grant will no longer be ring-fenced, giving councils 'maximum flexibility to support local needs', says Housing Minister.

2 March, 2011

Two year minimum fixed term tenancies will have destabilising effect on communities and individuals

Chartered Institute of Housing responds to government proposals on social housing reform.

28 February, 2011

Children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing

New Barnardo's research has found that suitable accommodation and support are crucial in achieving successful rehabilitation and avoiding reoffending.

28 February, 2011

Social landlords will be required to show how their tenancy plans will protect the most vulnerable

Ministers set out proposals for housing reform which also include confirmation that all tenants will have access to a National Home Swap Scheme.

28 February, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 207 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

25 February, 2011

Government must ensure growing population of people renting privately get the protection they need

Shelter respond to the English Housing Survey figures showing that the number of households in the private rented sector has increased by nine per cent over the last year.

21 February, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 206 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

18 February, 2011

Right to Purchase (Application Form) (Scotland) Order 2011

New statutory instrument that revokes the Right to Purchase (Application Form) (Scotland) Order 2002 and prescribes another form of notice which is to be used by any tenant with a right to purchase under a Scottish secure tenancy.

18 February, 2011

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No 2 Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order

New regulations that amend provisions relating to the right to buy, provide for tenant protection in relation to court orders for possessions against landlords and amend the meaning of 'local connection' for the purposes of local authority duties on homelessness.

17 February, 2011

Government announces £18.5m funding for voluntary sector to help tackle rough sleeping

Announcement made as new figures show the national total of rough sleepers is 1,768.

14 February, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 205 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

14 February, 2011

Allowing social landlords to offer fixed-term tenancies at up to 80 per cent of local market rents

New 'Affordable Rent' programme will give landlords greater flexibility to meet the individual needs of tenants in their area, says Housing Minister.

11 February, 2011

Government confirms £8m funding for Tenant Empowerment Programme

Programme, to be managed by the Tenant Services Authority, will provide information, training, and capacity building to enable social housing tenants to challenge, influence or control how housing services are delivered to their communities.

11 February, 2011

Government still needs to do more to help homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage

Shelter responds to new Council of Mortgage Lenders statistics that show a fall in number of repossessions.

10 February, 2011

Government responds to figures that show 24 per cent fall in repossessions in 2010

Council of Mortgage Lenders also reports that the number of people in mortgage arrears has fallen by 13 per cent.