Friday, 24 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Court rules out rent refunds


    Ridgehill Housing Association will not have to pay back unlawfully charged rent increases to tenants, a court has ruled.The landmark ruling at Watford County Court appears to resolve the sector's dilemma over the past use of rent increase notices that

  • 'Dragging feet' means social landlords miss out


    Housing associations and councils have often lost out to lenders in negotiations because they have left things too late, according to a leading c

  • Election pledge on right to buy


    The Scottish Socialist Party has made an election pledge to remove the right to buy and replace it with a graduated rents discount.Tenants would qualify for a discount after 10 years and after 25 years they would be paying no rent at all until their t

  • HA acted unlawfully over repairs bill


    A housing association unlawfully demanded a leaseholder pay £10,000 for repairs to her block of flats.An arbitrator ruled last Friday that Charlton Triangle Homes, a subsidiary of Family Housing Association, had failed to comply with the Landlord

  • Homes target ‘not high enough'


    The Mayor of London's target to build 23,000 new homes annually is too low, the House Builders' Federation said at the examination in public of the draft London Plan this week.Strategic planning co-ordinator at the HBF, James McConnell, said the f

  • Leaseholders in legal fight


    Leaseholders on a south London estate plan to join together to recoup £10,000 each from a housing association after it was found to have unlawfully c

  • MPs attack ‘rushed through' anti-social bill


    Controversial proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour moved a step closer this week with opposition MPs complaining they were being rushed through.The Anti-Social Behaviour Bill followed hot on the heels of the eponymous White Paper (Inside Housing,

  • MPs warn of 'characterless urban sprawl'


    A heavyweight committee of MPs today launched a withering attack on Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott's communities plan.The ODPM select

  • North Ayrshire 'unable to meet act's duties'


  • Renewal funding holds steady


    England's most deprived local authority areas will receive £800 million from the government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund in 2004/05 and 2005/06.The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott means that the 88 areas will continue to receive th

  • SNP demands probe into Supporting People regime


    The Scottish National Party is calling for an inquiry into Supporting People early in the next Parliament.Shona Robison, MSP for North East Scotl

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