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Private landlords get tougher

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The annual possession statistics have been published and once again it is said that possession cases are going down. Whilst the amount of possession cases started at court have fallen (hardly a surprise given a hike in the issue fee), the number of...

Suspending statistics - possession orders

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Statistics show that 42 per cent of possession orders made in the first quarter of the year were suspended. That means that a court was convinced to give the tenant an opportunity to prove they could turn the situation around. In our experience...

Supreme Court does away with the ordinary homeless person

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On 14th May the Supreme Court made a huge decision which is set to have a significant impact on homeless people. In order for a local authority to accept a duty to provide accommodation to anyone a vulnerability test has to be met. Until now, that test...

Positive requirements and the new Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction

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We still await the introduction of the new Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions which can be granted by the County Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The word was they were expected to come into effect in January 2015,...

Is that party really worth getting an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction?

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It is quite easy to get carried away when you’re having a house party and many of us may not think twice about turning up the volume of our music as it gets into full swing. However, persistent and intrusive noise can have a negative impact on a...

New injunctions could lead to many more evictions in 2015

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The new Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions which can be granted by the County Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 are expected to come into effect in January 2015. The injunctions can be made against individuals where...

New law will see anti-social behaviour injunctions for children

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A new law has been passed which allows injunctions to be obtained by housing providers, amongst others, against children as young as 10. The civil injunctions will replace ‘ASBOs’ which are currently dealt with in the criminal courts. Housing...

Revenge eviction for the complaining tenant?

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At present there is no housing legislation in place to protect private renting tenants facing eviction from vengeful landlords. The term ‘Retaliatory Eviction’ has often been used to describe a situation where a tenant raises a complaint to...

The (not so) shocking disappointment in the bedroom tax results

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BBC News has recently reported, after receiving information requested through the Freedom of Information request from 331 social housing providers, only 6% of those households who have been affected by the bedroom tax have actually moved homes. For those of...

The bedroom tax: A disaster for both landlords and tenants?

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The bedroom tax was introduced in April 2013 with promises from the Government that it would save the taxpayer £1 million per day and increase the availability of larger properties to families that need them. However, the BBC has reported that 28% of...

Never mind the turkey, it's eat or stay warm

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The results of the second round of Real Life Reforms study were published in December deepening concern for those in social housing accommodation. The study aims to track the impact of welfare reform across 70-100 representative social housing households...

Legal aid cuts 2013 - Can you still get legal aid for housing cases?

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The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) introduced sweeping cuts to legal aid from April 2013. As a result, the social welfare law category (consisting of welfare benefits, debt, employment/discrimination, community care and housing)...

Over half of people affected by bedroom tax are at risk of losing their homes

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The bedroom tax’s spiralling consequences have plunged over half of those affected by the new charges into arrears. The bedroom tax which was introduced in April 2013 applies a 14% deduction in housing benefit where the claimant lives in social housing...

Threat of eviction increases as families feel the hit of the bedroom tax

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National Housing Federation figures published this month suggest that a quarter of tenants hit by the bedroom tax are unable to pay their rent for the first time ever. It is estimated that over 50,000 families are in rent arrears and facing eviction as...

Three bedrooms or one?

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The first-tier tribunal in Scotland has allowed an appeal against the bedroom tax cut for a tenant. Fife Council decided to cut Annie Harrower-Gray’s housing benefit in accordance with the bedroom tax. Annie appealed the decision on the...

Not so simple...

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In 2012 there were over 150,000 possession orders granted by the courts. This number is expected to increase this year following the introduction of the ‘bedroom tax’ in April 2013. However, is enough being done to help people who find...