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Category Archives: Children & Social Services

Take Notice of the New Notices

Take Notice of the New Notices New Government regulations now require landlords to give a four-month notice period to tenants before court proceedings can begin (with some exceptions). The four-month notice period includes ‘no fault’ section 21 notices. The extended notice period is due to the current health pandemic and is currently in place until…
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New Government Protection for Tenants in Rent Arrears

New Government protection for tenants in rent arrears could stop landlords regaining possession of your home and eviction by the court bailiffs. Tenants in rent arrears could now benefit from new Government protection under the debt respite scheme. The protection gives eligible individuals a "breathing space" to help manage their finances, find a sustainable solution…
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Housing possession court desk scheme

Housing possession court desk scheme Available at Portsmouth County Court (pre-Covid) & Havant Justice Centre (during Covid – up until at least September 2021) every Wednesday and Friday What Swain & Co can do for you under our Housing Possession Duty Desk Scheme We hold the Legal Aid Contract for the Housing Possession Duty Desk in Portsmouth. This means if you are…
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Housing Matters and the Scope of Legal Aid

Legal Aid funding is available for a range of housing matters. Legal Aid Eligibility The Legal Aid Agency decides if a client is eligible for funding using a ‘means and merits test’. This looks at the client’s income, capital and the merits of the case. The client must be eligible on both gross and disposable…
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Possession proceedings proceed (presumably…)

Possession proceedings proceed (presumably…) Providing there are no further announcements from the Government, from 21 September 2020, the courts will resume hearing possession cases. Landlords will then be able to take legal action to evict tenants from their properties. However, since the suspension of possession hearings on 26 March 2020, there have been several changes…
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Unlawful Eviction During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Unlawful Eviction During the Coronavirus Outbreak The current outbreak of coronavirus has greatly impacted upon all aspects of our lives. In a time when we are encouraged to remain in our homes, the thought of losing that home is of even greater concern. With many people facing uncertainty over their financial future and potential loss…
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Child Homelessness: ‘office block kids’

Child Homelessness: ‘office block kids’ A report estimates that more than 210,000 children are homeless. Some are being housed in temporary accommodation such as converted shipping containers and office blocks. The Children’s Commissioner for England’s report ‘Bleak Houses’ tells of whole families living in tiny spaces as council blame a £159million funding gap. Cramped conditions…
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Council tenants need to make sure they aren’t doing this!

Council tenants need to make sure they aren’t doing this! A Council tenant has been fined over £100,000 for airbnbing his London home. He has also been evicted. Westminster City Council took legal action against the tenant. The court ruled last summer that he had breached the terms of his tenancy. A possession order was…
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Schools out for summer: Hundreds of children could be homeless

Schools out for summer: Hundreds of children could be homeless The summer holidays have begun. And what is an exciting time for many school children across the country could see hundreds of children become homeless. Council leaders are warning that over the 6 weeks school holidays 320 children in England could be placed into temporary…
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Housing: families cramped as rents increase and landlords bow out

Housing: families cramped as rents increase and landlords bow out Another blow to the rental housing market. Families are being squeezed into smaller accommodation due to: Rent increases Landlords selling up People struggling to save for a rent deposit The damning new research was carried out by Hargreaves Lansdown, as the Government is considering removing…
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