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

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Private tenants living in poor accommodation 'on rise'

26/11/2014

More private renters are struggling to get landlords to improve the quality of their homes, according to a Citizens Advice report out today.

Book with gavel

Tribunal rules contractor employee bribery claims 'unsupported'

26/11/2014

An employee made unfounded allegations of bribery and corruption against a large social housing contractor in order to negotiate his exit from the company and avoid repaying a loan, a tribunal has found.

Packing cases

Government-backed bill to stop revenge evictions published

25/11/2014

A bill intended to outlaw ‘revenge evictions’ was published yesterday ahead of its second reading on Friday.

John Prescott

Prescott issues devolution call to north-east housing professionals

21/11/2014

Lord Prescott has called on housing professionals in the north east of England to ‘come together’ and capitalise on the political climate to secure devolution of powers to the region. 

Southwark Council is reviewing its evictions

Judgement prompts council to review evictions

20/11/2014

Southwark Council has slammed a court judgement which found its staff conspired to unlawfully evict a tenant- but is nevertheless reviewing all evictions since April 2013.

London

Panic rooms should be exempt from bedroom tax, court will hear

19/11/2014

The bedroom tax should not apply to homes where a spare room has been converted to a safe room or panic room, lawyers will argue in the High Court today.

rough sleeping in London is down

Councils failing to prevent youth homeless, says report

19/11/2014

Less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by councils’ housing services, a report out today has revealed.

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CHRISTINE LAND

Making a safe house secure

26/11/2014

What steps can social landlords take to ensure they don’t inadvertently disclose information that puts domestic abuse victims at risk? Christine Land from Croftons explains

Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers

Relief for local authorities

19/11/2014

Jennifer Oscroft examines a Supreme Court decision on evicting homeless applicants from interim temporary homeless accommodation

Associate, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Social cost

19/11/2014

Social landlords will find it tougher trying to force contractors to pay a living or minimum wage

Solicitor, Anthony Collins LLP

Holiday preparations

12/11/2014

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment may give housing association staff cause for concern, Kate Watkins explains

Head of housing and partner, Hodge Jones and Allen

Out of town, out of mind

12/11/2014

A landmark Court of Appeal judgment on out-of-area placements gives the green light for ‘social cleansing’ of the poor on a mass scale, writes Jayesh Kunwardia

CHRISTINE LAND

A return to common sense

05/11/2014

A Court of Appeal ruling means landlords can breathe a sigh of relief over leaseholder consultation, writes Christine Land

mark henderson

Step on the gas

04/11/2014

Founding member of the Gas Access Campaign Mark Henderson explains why he is delighted the government rejected landlords’ call for greater powers to access homes for gas safety checks

Paula Squire

Responding to Ebola

29/10/2014

Ebola is dominating the headlines, but social landlords should have an up-to-date policy on infectious diseases to protect employees

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