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Accommodation pending review- Mohammed in action Dec 2009 (1 December 2009)

Thanks to the Garden Court housing bulletin for pointing to this one  Read more...

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Homelessness Continues If Accommodation Not Reasonable (1 September 2009)

Temporary hostel or refuge housing does not constitute suitable accommodation for determining whether a person is homeless, if the homeless person is expected to occupy it for a longer period than is reasonable  Read more...

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Letting Agent’s Commission Terms Unfair (1 September 2009)

Unclear language in a letting agent’s standard terms and conditions has led to a contract being set aside by the High Court  Read more...

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Housing Benefit Credit is Rent (1 September 2009)

The House of Lords has ruled that for the purposes of the legislation that applies when a council delays in dealing with a ‘right to buy’ application, a tenant whose rent is paid for him by way of housing benefit can be considered to be paying rent  Read more...

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Tenant Cannot Force Council to Do Repairs (1 September 2009)

The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that a tenant who wishes to purchase his or her property under the ‘right to buy’ legislation cannot require the landlord to carry out remedial works to the property as a precondition of complying with a notice to complete

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Tenancy Deposit Protection Schemes – Landlords Beware (1 July 2009)

If you are a landlord, it is vital that you are aware of the requirement, introduced in April 2007, that all deposits (for rent up to £25,000 per annum) taken by landlords and letting agents for Assured Shorthold Tenancies in England and Wales must be protected by a tenancy deposit protection scheme  Read more...

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New Leases for Tolerated Trespassers (1 July 2009)

Following a change in the law, a tenant can no longer have the status of a ‘tolerated trespasser’  Read more...

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