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Left Outside in the Cold: The Scandal of Gatekeeping

Figures from the Department for Community and Local Government show that out of the over 110,000 homeless applications made in the period 2013-2014, less than half were accepted as meeting the necessary criteria. Are Local Authorities right, or is there more than meets the eye to these statistics?

12:00, 4th December 2014
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Francis v Phillips - A Victory for Common-sense?

The Court of Appeal recently handed down their welcomed judgment in the case of Francis v Phillips. The previous decisions of this litigation episode had caused a significant headache for landlords, leaving them with an unnecessary burden when completing trivial works on their tenants' properties.

12:00, 6th November 2014
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Is 'Rent Convergence' Ripe for Judicial Review?

A proposed end to 'rent convergence' could cost millions of pounds to housing associations. There are calls from within the industry for providers to seek judicial review should the proposal be implemented following a recent consultation. Amy Ling discusses the possibility of this judicial review.

12:00, 14th July 2014
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Hoarding: Possession for Possessions?

Several documentaries have recently highlighted the significant problems thats can be created from having a "hoarding disorder". Amy Ling presents the problems that hoarding creates for landlords when their tenants are subject to this disorder and discusses preventative solutions to these problems.

12:00, 25th June 2014
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Property Guardians - PG Agreements Down to a Tee

Property Guardian agreements provide a solution to preventing empty properties being subject to burglary and squatting. Questions have arisen as to whether a Property Guardian is to be classified as a tenant or a licencee. Thomas Horton analsyes their legal structure to provide an answer.

11:02, 20th June 2014
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Phillips v Francis: The Big Consultation Headache

Amy Ling analyses the procedure used to consult and inform tenants of financial contributions required for maintenance carried out on their properties. The appeal of the High Court's decision in Phillips v Francis to be heard in October 2014 poses huge changes to the procedure previously used.

12:00, 29th May 2014
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Implications of the Immigration Bill for Landlords

If passed, the Immigration Bill will bring in new responsibilities for landlords to take reasonable steps to assure themselves of the immigration status and ‘right to rent’ of prospective residents. Amy Ling expresses her concerns of this additional responsibility being imposed upon landlords.

12:13, 10th May 2014
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When is a Bedroom not a Bedroom? The Big Bedroom Tax Debate

The amendment to the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, affectionately called the Bedroom Tax, aims to address the problem of overcrowding whilst reducing our welfare budget in a time of austerity. However, it has come under substantial criticism. Amy Ling looks at why this is the case.

13:08, 20th March 2014
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