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Category Archives: Housing

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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Swain & Co. keeping up tradition

We were pleased to read a brief history about South Street in Havant, where some of our offices are based, and discover that solicitors have been in South Street since the mid 1750’s. The piece in PO9 Newspaper looked back 100 years when South Street was the main route to Langstone before the A27 was…
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‘I am leaving’ … but only when I can afford to!

Research shows that thousands of people have to live with ex-partners after making the emotional decision to end a relationship. This is in a bid to save money amid soaring housing costs. The research suggests that 235,000 Londoners are choosing to move in with a current partner for mainly financial reasons. A further 128,000 have…
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Councils try to move poor families out of London

Vulnerable families on housing benefit could be moved out of London due to housing benefit caps, under plans being drawn up by local authorities. Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Newham are councils considering proposals to send families away to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Stoke on Trent. The councils are accused of ‘social cleansing’ after Newham council…
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