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Category Archives: Housing

Changes to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax benefits

From April 2013, if you live in council or housing association home and you have one or more spare bedrooms and on Housing Benefit, you entitlement may be reduced. The government has specified that the changes will not affect you if you or your partner are old enough to receive pension credit (basically if you…
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Housing and Human Rights Ruling

Housing solicitors at Swain & Co have been busily considering a decision of the Court of Appeal handed down on 24th January 2013. The court held that one joint tenant giving notice to quit will end the tenancy for all the tenants. The case of Sims v Dacorum Borough Council [2013] EWCA Civ 12 concerned…
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Housing success cases: obtained secure tenancies and larger home

Yas Patel, one of our housing solicitors has recently obtained secure tenancies with Portsmouth City Council for three of her clients. Two of these clients were single mothers and the other client was an elderly and disabled man. All of these clients had been made homeless from private, rented accommodation. Yas has now given them…
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Landlord puts tenant at risk for Gas Safety breaches

A private landlord has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after repeatedly putting a tenant at risk by not producing a gas safety record for a property in Heaton. Khalid Khan ignored both warnings from Bradford Council and from the HSE to provide proof that annual gas safety checks had been carried…
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New Year and great start for one of our team

Happy new year to everyone. And what a great start for our team member, Christine Douglas who qualified as a solicitor yesterday (2/1/13). Christine is part of Swain & Co.’s housing and family law teams. Congratulations Christine!
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Swain & Co to sleep on Portsmouth streets for charity

Representatives from Swain & Co Solicitors in Havant are arranging a sponsored sleep out on 18th January 2013 to raise money for Two Saints. Homelessness is an issue which the firm’s Housing Department are increasingly concerned about and deal with on a daily basis. With the economy in decline it is also an issue which…
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Plans for Social Housing in Hampshire

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council are asking people to provide their views regarding the future of social housing in Hampshire. Their proposals will see an end to tenancies for life and the introduction of flexible tenancies. The changes will be implemented in 2013 and the consultation ends on 30th November 2012. Swain…
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Succession in council tenancy

Two brothers in Essex are facing eviction from their council home after their family has lived there for 73 years. The brothers, aged 58 and 68, were told by the council that they had to leave following the death their brother November 2011. Their father, who was the original tenant, died in 1986 and the…
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Swain & Co. features in Legal 500

We have been recognised as leading experts by the most comprehensive coverage of legal services providers – the Legal 500 United Kingdom. We have been commended for our work in civil liberties and human rights, including for housing, community care, actions against the police and prison law. These are complex areas of work where protection…
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Landlord prosecuted for carbon monoxide poisoning

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence for endangering the lives of his tenants who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in a rented flat in Lewisham. A mother, her partner and daughter inhaled large quantities of carbon monoxide in November 2011. They were saved from further harm by a carbon monoxide alarm that sounded…
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