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Category Archives: Housing

Rules on rent increase in private renting

Rules on rent increase in private renting You cannot expect your rental to stay the same forever. But, you can expect to be given proper notice before any rent change takes effect.  As with any contract, it will not surprise you to know that there are some rules to be adhered to: Fixed Term Tenancy…
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What to do if your landlord won’t make repairs

What to do if your landlord won’t make repairs? | Housing Law Legal Advise. If your landlord won’t make repairs, it can be frustrating and, in some cases, dangerous to your health. What are landlord’s responsibilities for repairs? This is likely to be set out in your tenancy agreement. But your Landlord will still have responsibility to…
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I have been accused of anti-social behaviour but I would like to tell my side of the story

Council home eviction for anti-social behaviour | Falsely accused of anti-social behaviour | False allegations to council | False accusation of anti-social behaviour Kate is a Council tenant. She has some loud parties but didn’t realise her neighbours mined. Kate gets a letter from the Council telling her that they want her to leave. They…
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My housing association is saying I am unlawfully subletting my flat, but I’m not. What can I do?

Accused of subletting a council property | Illegal Subletting | Unlawful Subletting Carolyn rents from a Housing Association.  She has a big family who often come and stay with her. Her landlord has taken her to Court because her neighbours have reported seeing lots of people coming and going. Carolyn doesn’t know what to do.…
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Has your landlord evicted you without notice? | Unlawful Eviction

Swain & Co Solicitors has experts who can advise you on your options to see if you can avoid unnecessary worries. We can contact your landlord to find out what has happened.
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I can’t pay my mortgage, I don’t want to lose my home | Dean’s Story | Housing Law Legal Advice

Dean has a mortgage. He’s fallen behind with payments. He’s back on track now but the mortgage company has sent him some court paperwork. They tell him that even though he is paying now, they want to take his home from him. That doesn’t sound, right? Dean contacted Swain & Co Solicitors for advice. They…
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My heating hasn’t worked since I moved in and now it’s winter | Housing Disrepair Claims

Tina rents her flat through an estate agent. Her heating isn’t working and her children are getting ill with the cold.
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I Am in Rent Arrears, What Can I Do?

Emma is Housing Association tenant who has been ill. She has fallen behind with her rent. Emma wants to get back on track but her housing officer tells her she needs to leave. Emma found Swain & Co Solicitors and seeks for advice on her housing matter. Emma explains her issue and says that she…
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Section 21 Notice – there’s nothing I can do…right?

Well, this will depend whether your Landlord has followed every single piece of red tape (and they get it wrong more often than you might think!) The term ‘Section 21’ will strike fear into the heart of anyone who has rented privately. A Section 21 notice (named after Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988)…
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Homelessness Reduction Act

Homelessness Reduction Act to come into play from April 2018. Local Councils across the country are preparing for April 2018 when the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will come into force. This act was dubbed as a shake-up of the existing law in relation to homelessness applications in England and certainly goes some way to making…
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