Legal Opinion

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New ASB guidance - but will there be new eviction powers?

14/03/2017

As the government prepares to review anti-social behaviour (ASB) guidance for social landlords, Jason Hobday of Trowers & Hamlins wonders what precisely ministers are planning

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Recovering overpayments may be trickier following court case

06/03/2017

A recent court case means social housing providers need to be more careful about how they go about recovering overpayments, says Theresa Mohammed of Trowers & Hamlins

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Disposing of tenanted stock is not straightforward, despite rule change

09/02/2017

As the regulator warns some landlords are not properly consulting on disposals, Samantha Hall of Trowers & Hamlins reminds providers that selling tenanted stock is complex

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Changes to eviction process

06/01/2017

Sian Evans explains how a landmark Court of Appeal ruling is set to change how social landlords go about removing problem tenants.

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Mixed outcome

09/11/2016 | By Giles Peaker

Lawyer Giles Peaker takes a closer look at the implications of the Supreme Court’s bedroom tax judgements

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Action stations

21/10/2016 | By Gavin Smart

Ministers should aim to build homes that everyone can afford to live in, says Gavin Smart

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Right to know

06/10/2016 | By Daradjeet Jagpal

Scotland is now considering if social landlords should be covered by freedom of information laws, says Daradjeet Jagpal

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Rural dreams

03/10/2016 | By Matthew O'Connell

Landowners can unlock the affordable housing shortage in rural communities, says Matthew O’Connell

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Planning for tomorrow

13/09/2016 | By Richard Bacon

The planning system needs to better balance the needs of councils, house builders and local residents, says Richard Bacon

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Under the radar

30/08/2016 | By Alan Ward

Licensing will only hit good private landlords - the bad ones will ignore it, says Alan Ward

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Memo to the minister

19/08/2016 | By John Healey

Borrowing at historically low levels could allow councils and government to build the affordable homes we need , says John Healey

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Balance sheet

23/06/2016 | By Louise Hebborn

Ensuring the payment of service charges has long been a difficult area for social landlords, says Louise Hebborn

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Five housing procurement tips

22/06/2016 | By Andrew Millross

The biggest update of EU procurement rules for a decade gives social landlords more freedom, says Andrew Millross

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Tough data

07/06/2016 | By Alison Deighton

Social landlords need to prepare for tougher data protection regulations, says Alison Deighton

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Long stop

01/06/2016

A British Bill of Rights might remove protections for social tenants, warns Liz Davies

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One man and his dog

27/05/2016 | By Sue James

Solicitor Sue James made it her personal mission to save a client from eviction.

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Justified criticism

13/05/2016 | By John Perry

The Public Accounts Committee was right in its criticism of the extended Right to Buy, says John Perry

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Limited options

09/05/2016 | By Joanne Roney

The government’s homeownership drive could be threatening the quality of choice for tenants, says Joanne Roney

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Protecting data

06/05/2016 | By Nancy Dickie , Fiona McGregor

Landlords should start preparing now for a new wide-reaching data protection regime, says Nancy Dickie

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Council building

06/05/2016 | By Emma Maier

It’s time the government recognised the considerable part councils play in housebuilding, says Emma Maier

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Making a devo splash

29/04/2016 | By Barbara Shaw

Progress might not be fast - but devolution brings opportunities for the South West, says Barbara Shaw

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Parish planning

29/04/2016 | By Richard Bacon

Parish and town councils need a greater role in planning, says Richard Bacon

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Rural need

28/04/2016 | By Sue Chalkley

The government must recognise the particularly acute need for affordable homes in rural areas, says Sue Chalkley

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Keeping it up

28/04/2016 | By Aaron Hill

We must ensure political interest in housing remains post election in Wales, says Aaron Hill

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A Scottish example

27/04/2016 | By Sean McLaughlin

Efforts in Scotland to tackle and broadcast data about fuel poverty are to be applauded, says Sean McLaughlin

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Cost squeeze

26/04/2016 | By Lindsay Judge

Housing costs are likely to be the living standards issue of this parliament, says Lindsay Judge

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In need of CASSH

26/04/2016 | By Aileen Evans

We need financial guarantees to build more supported housing, says Aileen Evans

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Test of nerve

22/04/2016 | By Emma Maier

The Housing Bill is far from home and dry, says Emma Maier

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Right balance

19/04/2016 | By Baroness Diana Warwick

We in the House of Lords are helping the Housing Bill achieve its potential, says Baroness Diana Warwick

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Guarding homes

18/04/2016

Property guardianship may not be the solution it seems to be, says Jackie Rowlands

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Pilot light

15/04/2016 | By Emma Maier

Early results from the housing association Right to Buy pilots this week reveal that the take-up is rather lower than many people expected, says Emma Maier

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Decision time

13/04/2016 | By Cameron Watt

What to do with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will be the biggest task for the communities minister after this year’s elections, says Cameron Watt

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Rural exemptions

11/04/2016 | By Matthew O'Connell

Rural areas must be exempt from the Starter Homes requirement, says Matthew O’Connell

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Fighting spirit

01/04/2016 | By Tom Murtha

This government’s policies will be most damaging for the people we house and support, says Tom Murtha

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Future planning

01/04/2016 | By Clive Betts

The government must review the National Planning Policy Framework before the end of this Parliament, says Clive Betts

Editor, Inside Housing

Forced sales plain wrong

01/04/2016 | By Emma Maier

There is no such thing as a new idea, it is said, says Emma Maier

Editor, Inside Housing

Turning up the heat

01/04/2016 | By Emma Maier

Crunch time looms for government with the Housing and Planning Bill, says Emma Maier