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Category Archives: Housing

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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Landlords put tenant’s life at risk

Two landlords from Sheffield have been prosecuted after dangerous defects were found on every gas appliance at a house they rented to a young woman put the tenant’s life at risk. The defects were only discovered after a council housing officer visited the property and noticed that the gas fire’s flame was burning yellow. A…
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Local authority fails to arrange tenants annual gas safety checks

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has been prosecuted for failing to arrange tenants annual safety checks on gas appliances. Swain & Co.’s specialist housing solicitors says that the local authority as a landlord is required by law to arrange checks to arrange annual checks by Gas Safe registered engineers and to maintain gas safety…
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Legal Aid cases reduced

Figures released by the Legal Services Commission have shown that the number of legal aid cases reduced last year. Of particular concern for Swain & Co. solicitors are the reductions on housing, welfare benefits, debt and other civil cases. The concern is centred on the fact that these are the areas of law that people…
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Swain and Co prevent repossession

Shelter has today released a report on the number of home owners at risk of repossession. The report looked at possession claims from April 2011-March 2012, identifying local areas as “hotspots” in the south coast.  Possession claims are applications by lenders to the courts to take possession of a person’s home, the first step to…
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Swain & Co. Success: Prisoners Housing Rights

Swain & Co. we are pleased to be able to offer our clients a range of services and often can use the combined expertise of departments to promote the rights of our clients. This was exactly what happened in our recent success for a client. The combined efforts of our Prison Law team and our…
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