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Category Archives: Housing

Court of Appeal rules ‘bedroom tax’ discriminatory

The Court of Appeal has ruled the ‘bedroom tax’, or spare room subsidy, discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager. The first case involved a single mother living in a three-bedroom council house with a secure panic room linked to the police station to protect her from a violent…
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Landlord fined for overcrowded property

A landlord has been fined £21,000 after 107 migrants were found living in unsuitable and unsafe conditions in an old building in Flintshire, Wales. The landlord, businessman John Russell Brown, was charging over £50 per week in rent equating to approximately £23,000 a month. At a hearing in December the Court was told there was…
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Southampton crack down, Landlords fined

Two Southampton Landlords have been fined for not complying with the HMO (houses of multiple occupation) guidelines by failing to licence their properties in Southampton. The fines have arisen following on from a crackdown by Southampton City Council on landlords who are required to, but have failed, to licence properties. The purpose of such licences…
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New homelessness duty being considered by government

The government is considering proposals made by an independent panel to impose a ‘duty to prevent’ on local authorities in England.   The panel consisting of representatives from Crisis among other housing groups and charities was started up in 2015 to examine the legal duties owed to single homeless people. Essentially, the duty would require…
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Educating young tenants to avoid eviction

The resettlement passport, developed by charity Local Solutions, aims to help young people who are new to tenancy agreements.  It aims to assist them with all aspects of the tenancy from managing rent to living alone for the first time.   The scheme, was invented by Hannah McCowan of the charity, who has worked for…
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Shelter survey shows an tenant is evicted every 90 seconds in England

Research carried out by Shelter, the Housing charity, shows that last year 352,000 rental sector tenants in England were at risk of losing their home.  This is the same as one tenant every 90 seconds.  Whilst this is the number of possession claims in total, and not every possession claim leads to an eviction, the…
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Calls for help to Shelter on rise

The housing and homelessness charity Shelter, is making an urgent appeal for support for its helpline after receiving almost 63,000 calls from the South-East of England in the year 2014-2015. This is an increase of 8,300 people, which is equivalent to 15%. In recent years the helpline has had to be partially funded by Marks…
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Social Housing tenants set to be worse off due to steep rent rise

Experts are warning that the Chancellor, George Osborne’s, “pay to stay” scheme could lead to over 250,000 social tenants being financially worse off than they are currently.  Under the scheme, tenants face a steep rise of up to £3,000 a year on their rent which they must pay to remain in their property. Swain &…
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Watford landlord fined £30,000 for overcrowded property

A landlord in Watford has been fined £30,000 for housing 12 tenants in a five person flat. The landlord charged £515 per week in rent for the property making nearly £27,000 a year.   Zuo Jun admitted 11 charges under the Housing Act when he appeared before Watford magistrates on Monday. When Watford council attended…
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Nearly 100,000 children in England classed as homeless

New figures released by the housing charity Shelter show 99,080 children are classed as homeless in England so far this year by being housed in temporary accommodation. This is estimated to rise to 105,251 by Christmas.   Out of that figure, more than 2,500 families are living in B&B accommodation of which 830 of those…
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