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Our housing law specialists regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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New homelessness and domestic violence guidance

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New guidance has been published by the government this week to ensure that victims of domestic violence can more easily access safe long term accommodation. The guidance is subject to a ten week consultation process which will run until 5 th ...

Universal Credit applicants left without income for six weeks

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Local food banks are currently seeking to increase their supplies (some up to an extra 15 tonnes) in order to prepare for more demand following the hardship being caused by new Universal Credit applications. Ministers have already called on the...

Permission required for warrant of possession

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Landlords and mortgagees will now need to act very carefully before they try to enforce a possession order against their respective tenants/mortgagors following the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Cardiff County Council –v- Lee. The Court...

Supreme Court dismisses application to appeal anti-social behaviour test

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The Supreme Court refuses permission for a further appeal in the case of City West Housing Trust v Lindsay Massey [2016] EWCA Civ 704. On the 2 nd November the Supreme Court (Lord Neuberger, Lord Carnwath and Lord Hodge) dismissed the appellant...

The changing legal landscape for charities

Jonathan Chadwick
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Charities are facing a changing legal landscape and are under increasing scrutiny from law makers and the media alike. Relatively recent, high profile scandals – such as the closure of Kids Company and allegations of pressurised fundraising tactics...

Is 'generation rent' here to stay?

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According to a recent study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, those born in the early 1980s have only half the wealth of those born in the 1970s had at the same age. As a result, those born in the early 1980s have an average household wealth of...

Landlord pays price for changing locks on rented property

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A private landlord was recently prosecuted by Halton Council for changing the locks on a property he was letting to a tenant and refusing to allow that tenant access to that property. The incident which occurred in January 2016 resulted in the tenant...

The unkown risks of Airbnb

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In a time of economic uncertainty people are looking to supplement their income by either taking a second job or setting up a small business. One way for people to supplement their income which is becoming increasingly popular is Airbnb. Airbnb is a...

Lack of legal aid housing advice hits vulnerable the hardest

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Research undertaken by the Law Society shows that the number of legal aid housing advice providers in England and Wales is reducing dramatically creating legal aid ‘advice deserts’. The research shows that almost a third of legal aid areas have...

The Law Society reveals housing advice 'deserts'

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The Law Society Gazette has today (July 29th) revealed what they call ‘advice deserts’ for housing matters in the UK. Their heatmap shows that a third of legal aid areas have just one housing solicitor present. Regions such as Surrey,...

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