Archive for the ‘Social Housing’ Category


A recent survey commissioned by the National Housing Federation (NHF) says that the Bedroom Tax is “heaping misery and hardship” on affected families. Bedroom Tax was introduced by the Government in April 2013. It affects 660,000 housing benefit claimants living in social housing across the UK. The policy imposes an average penalty of between £14 [...]

Going amiss with property descriptions: part two

On my last appearance here, I took you on a swift trip through the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991; this time, we’ll be taking a meander through the highways and byways of its successor: the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. What are the Regulations all about? The first important point to note is that [...]

Tenants lose their ‘spare bedroom tax’ appeal at the Court of Appeal

Five social housing tenants have lost their bid at the Court of Appeal to have the Government’s controversial ‘spare bedroom tax’ ruled as unlawful. The ruling was handed down on 21 February 2014. The Court upheld last year’s High Court ruling which stated the new Rules were not discriminatory. Lawyers argued the Regulations introduced in [...]

Social Landlords Housing Management and Leasehold Services Seminar: Leasehold property: buying, varying and extending Leases

Date: Tuesday 18th March Time: 3.30pm registration for a 4.00pm start Venue: British Library, St Pancras, London Managing Leasehold property can be a particularly complex area for Housing Associations. This free seminar reviews three situations: What Leaseholders should know when they buy Dealing with Leaseholders can be problematic, especially when they claim they are not [...]

Disabled tenants take their challenge against the controversial ‘bedroom-tax’ to the Court Of Appeal

Five disabled individuals who are affected by the Government’s ‘bedroom-tax’ policy began their appeal yesterday at the Court of Appeal to challenge last year’s High Court ruling which stated that the implementation of the Government’s much criticised ‘bedroom-tax’ policy is lawful. The appeal is listed for a 3 day hearing and is set to highlight [...]

Free Seminar: Are you a First-Time Buyer?

DATE: MONDAY 20TH JANUARY TIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM START VENUE: EALING GOLF CLUB, PERIVALE LANE, GREENFORD, UB6 8TS If so, this evening seminar is a one-stop knowledge shop – tailored just for you. Many first-timers make the mistake of thinking it’s all over once the price has been agreed. Not so; that’s only half-time. [...]

Chasing rent arrears and obtaining a possession order on Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Ensure that the rent arrears are closely monitored and act as soon as any arrears arise. Establish the reasons for the arrears and consider if it is appropriate to delay action or serve Notices to protect your position and not lose time in the eviction process. Serve a s8 Housing Act 1988 Notice of Seeking [...]

What is a Shared ownership lease?

Shared ownership leaseholders may be surprised to learn The Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) has recently found that they have the full rights of long leaseholders with a100% share and need to be consulted in any leaseholder application to take over the management of their own building from their landlord under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform [...]

Seminar: Social Landlord Housing Management: The Latest Developments in Anti-Social Behaviour and the ‘Bedroom Tax’

Date: Wednesday 2nd October Time: 3.30pm registration for a 4.00pm start Venue: British Library, St Pancras, London Social Landlord Housing Management: The Latest Developments in Anti-Social Behaviour and the ‘Bedroom Tax’ If you are a Social Landlord, keeping on top of the latest developments is essential. There will be a lot of changes especially with [...]

“Superstrike“ – Latest Update and Guidance

You may be familiar with the case of Superstrike Ltd v Marino Rodrigues through our blog, newspaper editorials, our seminars or through the Property and Housing press generally. It has once again produced uncertainty for Landlords as to when deposits need to be registered and made them vulnerable to claims for non-compliance. Claims will be for three [...]