News of key cases and judgements, plus in depth briefings on the implications of the latest verdicts and regulations.

Liberal Democrat MP, Brent Central

MPs to launch inquiry into 'revenge' evictions bill


A group of MPs is set to launch an inquiry into a Liberal Democrat bill to outlaw ‘revenge’ evictions.

High court

Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused


Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

Court of appeal

High Court rejects single parents' bedroom tax challenge


Three single parents, who claimed the bedroom tax breached their human rights by limiting access to their children, have had their case rejected by a High Court judge.

Woman reading letter

Benefit overpayments linked to increase of in-work claimants


An increase in the overpayments of housing benefit could be because of an increase in the number of claimants in work, according to the spending watchdog.

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Watchdog fines council £1,000 for pregnant woman 'gatekeeping'


A London borough has been ordered to pay £1,000 and apologise to a homeless mother who officers told was ‘wasting their time’.

Court of appeal

Council faces High Court challenge over crisis payment conditions


The High Court has given the go-ahead to a legal challenge that could prevent councils forcing people to join a work programme or move home as conditions of receiving housing crisis payment awards.

Northern Ireland Assembly

What's on in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 Oct


A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 20 - 24 October

More legal news

Solicitor, Clarke Willmott

The right to freedom


Associations beware a recent decision about people who lack capacity to make decisions about where they live and what care they receive

Aman Sahota

No PRS answer


Aman Sahota from Lewis Silkin argues that a new ‘use class’ in planning regulations is not the way to encourage institutions to invest in the private rented sector

Consultant, Clarke Willmott

Regeneration blues


Will the government’s estate regeneration programme appeal to social landlords? David Percival has his doubts

Solicitor, Croftons

Avoiding abuse


What are the legal opitions when housing staff come under attack? Christine Land, a solicitor at law firm Croftons Solicitors explains

Features editor, Inside Housing

The rule of law


What does the future of housing hold?

Solicitor, Harper Macleod

After the no vote


As Westminster struggles with the West Lothian question, Scottish landlords are wondering what the no vote and ‘devo-max’ means for them, says Kelly Sleight

Pete Apps

Rejoice or despair?


Progressive housing policies won’t see the sector rushing to vote Lib Dem, says Pete Apps

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Made in Europe


Three European directives will update the rules that social landlords must follow on procurement. Mark Fitzgibbon and James Clayton consider the impact

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