Legal


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

Council tax

Council tax rule overturned for 3,600 in Sandwell

30/07/2014

Three vulnerable women who were charger a higher rate of council tax due to local connection rules have won a court case against Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

Gavel

Developer launches legal challenge against neighbourhood plan

30/07/2014

A Surrey-based developer has launched a legal challenge against a council’s decision regarding a neighbourhood plan, after it passed a local vote last week.

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Association paid £3.6m to resolve council dispute

29/07/2014

Heart of England housing association has been given £3.6m to settle a historic dispute over a transfer of council properties in 1996.

Gavel

Couple jailed for £188,000 benefits fraud

29/07/2014

A couple has been jailed for carrying out a seven-year fraud, using money to buy properties and finance mortgage repayments.

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Far right group launches cyber-attack against housing association

24/07/2014

Orbit Group has been bombarded with hundreds of emails accusing it of discriminating against white people, as part of an orchestrated campaign by a far right group.

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Generation Rent hits out at tenancy deposit 'rip-off'

22/07/2014

Campaign group Generation Rent has criticised the fact that renters are missing out on interest on their tenancy deposits – often ‘the only savings they have’.

Rachel Reeves

Labour calls for bedroom tax vote in the autumn

21/07/2014

Labour plans to force a parliamentary vote on the bedroom tax in the autumn, following the Liberal Democrat’s U-turn on the policy last week. 

More legal news

Chief executive, Orbit Group

Rising above hate

25/07/2014

Threats and abuse will not prevent Orbit Group from providing essential services

Managing partner at Croftons Solicitors

The winning combination

25/07/2014

Social value can be created in a co-operative ‘virtual supply chain’

Weightmans

A word about bonds

25/07/2014

Take care before entering into complex funding arrangements, says Patricia Grinyer

Gillian Guy

Mitigating welfare reform

21/07/2014

Welfare reform has been a challenge for landlords, however Citizens Advice has been looking at ways the downsides are being mitigated

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What's on in the housing sector this week

21/07/2014

A round up of what’s happening in the housing sector this week - 21 to 25 of July.

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Burying bedroom tax news

18/07/2014

It was hard not to feel cynical this week when - at the height of reshuffle mania - the DWP slipped out independent research into the impact of the bedroom tax

Partner and head of social housing, Pannone Corporate

When beds are benefits

18/07/2014

Employment Practices Bill may force employers to pay for accommodation

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Spotlight on board leadership

18/07/2014

Cosmopolitan turns spotlight on board members’ leadership

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