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New changes to the law regarding section 21 notices

Parliament has now provided a clear prescribed form of section 21 notice. From 1 October 2015 all landlords, whether they are private landlords or social landlords, will need to use the new prescribed form to terminate an existing assured shorthold tenancy...

No bedroom tax for those claiming housing benefits since 1996

The Department of Work and Pensions has issued a circular removing the Spare Room Subsidy for housing benefits claimants who have been continuously claiming benefits since 1996 so long as they have remained in the same property. The circular has been made...

The bedroom tax update: Case law so far...

In April 2013 the much debated housing benefit size criteria rules, dubbed the ‘Bedroom Tax’, came into force as part of the coalition government’s welfare reforms. The so-called ‘tax’ bites by reducing housing benefit for...

The bedroom tax update

On 30 July 2013 the High Court ruled that the Government's "bedroom tax" is not unlawful (MA and Ors v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions). This case involved judicial review brought by 10 applicants who were disabled or who had a...

The rise and fall of proportionality challenges

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council v Armour [2011] Following the Court of Appeal decision in Corby Borough Council v Scott and West Kent Housing Association Limited v Haycraft, both of which set the bar for tenants wishing to bring proportionality...

Constructive notice and the Defective Premises Act

A recent High Court case has served to highlight the problems which can arise when housing staff, agents or independent contractors notice, or should have noticed, relevant defects when visiting a property, but fail to report them to the landlord. In the...

The new offence: Squatting in a residential building

From 1 September 2012 the new offence of squatting in a residential building will apply throughout England and Wales. The offence has been introduced as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Offenders Act 2012 ("LASPOA 2012") . This...

No second chances on section 128 notices - July 2012

In the recent case of Stafford v Camden Borough of London [2012 ] the Court of Appeal considered whether a local authority must serve a new possession notice (a section 128 notice) when the authority has served a previous notice but not proceeded with...

Proportionality Challenges - April 2012

Proportionality challenges - common sense eventually prevails! Follow the Supreme Court decision in  Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2011] there was concern that the majority of summary possession cases bought by social...

Community Triggers - December 2011

The Community Trigger - Antidote or Aggravation? Following the publication of Home Office consultation paper “More Effective Responses to Anti-social Behaviour” in February 2011, the proposals were very much left on the sideline whilst the...
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