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21 October, 2010

Government settlement for housing expenditure as part of Spending Review

We all knew the settlement was going to be tough, says Minister for Housing and Local Government.

21 October, 2010

Call for letting agents to be part of a redress scheme

Formal scheme would give private tenants and landlords greater protection in a dispute with an agent, says Property Ombudsman.

21 October, 2010

Government action to tackle homelessness and help ex-offenders into stable new homes

Ministers announce they will work with voluntary organisations to offer new scheme in which ex-offenders and single homeless people are given help to find and maintain a home in the private rented sector.

21 October, 2010

Recent developments in housing law

September update, as published in the Legal Action Magazine, now available from the Garden Court Chambers website.

20 October, 2010

Social landlords to offer new tenants ‘intermediate’ rental contracts

Reform announced in today's Spending Review designed to help pay for up to 150,000 new affordable homes over the next four years.

19 October, 2010

Regulating social housing at local level will deliver better homes for tenants

Communities and Local Government report sets out how a new independent committee within the Homes and Communities Agency will continue the economic regulation of social housing.

19 October, 2010

Social housing budget in England to be cut by more than 50% in Spending Review

Council housing 'for life' will also be phased out, with the needs of new council tenants assessed over time, reports BBC.

15 October, 2010

Chartered Institute of Housing responds to abolition of Tenant Services Authority

CIH welcomes continuation of consumer regulation which places a greater emphasis on building strong relationships between landlords and tenants at a local level.

14 October, 2010

Housing Minister announces abolition of Tenant Services Authority

New streamlined Homes and Communities Agency will take on vital economic regulation functions, whilst tasks considered 'unnecessary' will be scrapped.

12 October, 2010

CBI calls for greater competition in provision of social housing

New report urges government to encourage greater private-sector involvement, which could lead to better quality homes and savings for taxpayers.

12 October, 2010

Implementing the Mobile Homes Act 1983 on local authority gypsy and traveller sites

Communities and Local Government document sets out amendments to the terms of the 1983 Act that will apply when section 318 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 comes into force.

12 October, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 190 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

8 October, 2010

Benefit cuts could force poor and vulnerable out of London

New report published by the National Housing Federation reveals housing benefit cuts will leave 160,000 claimants in London trying to squeeze into 46,000 homes.

8 October, 2010

Housing Renewal Grants (Prescribed form and Particulars) (Revovation) (England) Regulations 2010

New regulations which remove the requirement for applications for Disabled Facilities Grants to be made in a specified format.

7 October, 2010

Retirement home companies exploiting older people

Report published by Age UK reveals growing numbers of older people and their families are angry at service charges and unfair fees.

4 October, 2010

Housing Law update

Issue 189 of Garden Court Chambers' Housing Law Bulletin is now available.

4 October, 2010

Applications by Creditors (Pre-Action Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2010

New legislation issued in relation to the requirement for lenders to show in court that they have considered every reasonable alternative before making an application for possession.

1 October, 2010

Guidance on the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010

Communities and Local Government publication aimed at informing lenders, landlords and tenants of their rights and responsibilities under the new regulations which come into force today.

1 October, 2010

Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010

New Consequential Provisions Order issued in relation to changes made by the 2010 Act.