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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.

14 September, 2010

Government issues new guidance on evaluating the extent of rough sleeping

New methodology to be used for carrying out counts and providing robust estimates from October 2010.

13 September, 2010

Tens of thousands at risk of debt or homelessness as a result of proposed housing benefit cuts

Decisions on cuts have been made without considering the housing implications, says Citizens Advice

13 September, 2010

Almost 1 million have been the victim of a scam involving a private tenancy or landlord

Government must clamp down hard on rogue operators who are exploiting the system and taking advantage of people, says Shelter.

13 September, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 186 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

10 September, 2010

New government research supports decision to scrap Home Information Packs

Forcing people to swap bits of information they don't want or trust was a foolish way to try and improve the property market, says Housing Minister.

10 September, 2010

Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010

New regulations issued in connection with the coming into force of the 2010 Act.

10 September, 2010

Rise in homelessness caused by local housing allowance cuts to cost up to £120m a year

More than 130,000 households will either be evicted or forced to move according to new research published by Shelter.

10 September, 2010

Evidence of widespread abuse by a minority of landlords in the private rented secto

Shelter calls on the government to work with councils to develop a 'tough programme' of action.

10 September, 2010

Private Rented Housing Bill to be introduced in Scotland

Legislation will strengthen regulation of the private rented sector and give local authorities more powers to tackle rogue landlords.

9 September, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Obtaining Information) Order 2010

New legislation that prescribes forms which may be used by a person who thinks that they have been treated unlawfully under the 2010 Act to obtain information from the person they think is responsible for the unlawful treatment.

8 September, 2010

More than 800,000 households workless due to health-related reasons

Housing tenure also a key factor according to the Office for National Statistics.

7 September, 2010

Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes ‘Public attitudes to housing’

Report considers attitudes towards housing tenure, neighbourhood and property types and implications for reforming the housing system to support vulnerable households.

2 September, 2010

Registered Rents (Increase) Order (Northern Ireland) 2010

New statutory rule to allow for increases in rents of statutory and protected tenancies in properties that meet the housing fitness standard in Northern Ireland

1 September, 2010

Statistics show a property is repossessed every 14 minutes

New figures released by Credit Action also highlight the average interest paid by each household on their total debt is over £2500 each year.

31 August, 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010

New regulations that support the definition of disability in the Act by helping to define who is, and who is not, a disabled person, and supplement provisions in the Act that require reasonable adjustments to be made for disabled people.

31 August, 2010

Allowing councils to give housing preference to people with strong connections to the local area

'Desire of local people' could be taken into account in councils setting their own housing allocation policies, says Housing Minister.

31 August, 2010

Travellers on local authority sites to be given same rights as residents on other mobile home sites

However government looking to strengthen its powers in cases of unauthorised developments and encampments.