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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

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

UK private rented sector as a source of affordable accommodation

Joseph Rowntree paper examines the private rented sector as an alternative for households priced out of home-ownership, or for whom risks are too high.

1 November, 2010

Possession proceedings against those with introductory tenancies in Northern Ireland

New regulations issued in relation to possession proceedings taken by the Housing Executive or registered housing associations against tenants with introductory tenancy agreements.

1 November, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 191 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

29 October, 2010

Government housing plans will leave thousands dependent on benefits

New intermediate rents will act as a powerful disincentive to work, says National Housing Federation.

28 October, 2010

Personalised support for rough sleepers

New Joseph Rowntree report that examines the impact of a pilot project offering personalised budgets to rough sleepers in the City of London.

28 October, 2010

Government announces package of measures for those affected by proposed HB reforms

Housing minister confirms £10 million funding for local authorities in London to 'protect the vulnerable'

26 October, 2010

Chartered Institute of Housing launches new housing rights website

Website aims to provide information to recent arrivals and advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people's immigration status.

21 October, 2010

Reaction to the Spending Review

Further to yesterday's Spending Review leading organisations respond to announcements made in debt, housing and community care.