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Downgraded landlords 'failed to include data'


Several landlords penalised for failing to follow value for money rules failed to include key performance data in their self-assessments despite paying consultants to produce it.


Attempted murder at landlord's care scheme 'a freak event'


A housing association worker’s attempt to murder members of staff by poisoning drinks has been described as a ‘freak event’ by the organisation’s chief executive.

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Liverpool introduces city-wide PRS licensing scheme


Liverpool City Council has introduced a licensing scheme for private landlords.

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'Gatekeeping' case could cause homelessness services overhaul


Local authorities will have to review their homelessness services after a London council admitted to ‘poor practices’ in order to avoid a landmark High Court battle, lawyers have warned.

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Delayed ASB injunctions to come into force


New laws on anti-social behaviour, originally expected to come into force in October last year, will now be introduced on March 23, the Home Office has confirmed.

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Court rules in favour of leaseholders over repair costs


Landlords must consider the financial impact on leaseholders when seeking to charge for non-vital improvement works to their homes, an upper tribunal has ruled.

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Pickles halts Winchester development


A controversial development in Winchester where a commitment to provide 40% affordable housing on-site was unlawfully dropped has been put on hold by Eric Pickles.

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Chris Pedder

Modelling in practice


What is the potential of Building Information Modelling for social landlords?

Chief executive, CIH

Shutting down the debate


The government is shutting down the sector’s ability to engage with it - and this must be resisted, says Grainia Long

Marc Willers

In a pickle


Eric Pickles has been told his policy of calling in all planning applications for Gypsy and Traveller sites on the green belt was discriminatory. Marc Willers considers the implications

Associate, Weightmans

Tag team parents


Housing professionals will benefit from April’s revamp of parental leave, says Jessica Waterlow

Associate, Harper Macleod

Transparent access


Scottish social landlords could be subject to Freedom of Information in 2015. This might not be a wise move, argues Daradjeet Jagpal

Partner, Shakespeares

Saving the section 106 deal


By talking to housing associations early on, and adopting standard language, developers can prevent housing associations walking away from section 106 deals at the last minute

Senior associate, Penningtons Manches

Beware unlawful donations


Social landlords should review donations from their subsidiaries, says James Went

Senior associate, Wonckworth Sherwood

A light in dark places


The general election is likely to postpone right to light reform

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