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24 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 202 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

24 January, 2011

‘Little merit’ in proposals to reduce security of tenure and increase rent for new tenants

Citizens Advice responds to government consultation on social housing reform.

21 January, 2011

Proposed housing reforms limit, rather than enhance the potential of social housing

Joseph Rowntree Foundation response to government consultation on social housing reform.

20 January, 2011

Help for older tenants wanting to move

Housing Minister announces funding for councils to offer tenants a dedicated officer to find them smaller properties.

18 January, 2011

New guide to the Localism Bill

Communities and Local Government guide describes the main measures of the Localism Bill including reform to housing decisions.

18 January, 2011

Housing reform proposals risk weakening communities and stigmatising social housing tenants further

Chartered Institute of Housing responds 'cautiously' to the government's consultation on social housing reform.

17 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 201 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

14 January, 2011

Charities are planning to jointly lobby councils against cuts to Supporting People services

St Mungo's and Homeless Link will be linking with the Centre for Mental Health and others to urge councils to make cuts at the level suggested by Government.

13 January, 2011

Recent developments in housing law

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

11 January, 2011

Home Repair Assistance Grant (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

New regulations that amend application procedure and add income-based employment and support allowance to list of benefits that can lead to grant entitlement.

11 January, 2011

Chartered Institute of Housing to manage national standard for preventing anti-social behaviour

The Respect Standard, which is designed to drive up landlords’ performance on preventing and tackling anti-social behaviour, will now be run by housing professionals rather than central government.

11 January, 2011

Housing Minister proposes new additional mandatory ground for possession

Tenants with a track record of anti-social behaviour will be evicted from their council or housing association property much more quickly under new government plans

10 January, 2011

New incentives for councils to bring empty homes back into use

Government's New Homes Bonus will match any council tax raised for every empty property brought back into use.

10 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 200 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

7 January, 2011

Government acts to restrict the use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders

Communities Secretary announces end to rules that can mean people who leave their house empty for more than six months risk having it seized by their local authority.

6 January, 2011

More than two million people have used credit cards to pay their mortgage or rent

Shelter research reveals how people constantly struggling with their housing costs are being forced to take drastic measures in order to keep a roof over their head.

5 January, 2011

People resorting to crime and unwanted sexual relationships to escape homelessness

Research commissioned by Crisis reveals the desperate measures individuals take to get off the streets and find a place to sleep.

4 January, 2011

Review of Single Homelessness in the UK 2000 - 2010

New Crisis research that provides an overview of the recent history and causes of and policy responses to single homelessness.

4 January, 2011

Housing Law Update

Issue 199 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.