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What is considered legally homeless?

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Senior Associate
On 18th May 2018

Published on 12th April 2018, the annual Homeless Monitor considers homelessness across England. It also takes note of how the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (in force from 3rd April 2018) has been respected for emphasising the need for more support for single people and the need for further homelessness prevention measures.

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Licensing of HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation)

Adem Esen

Posted by Adem Esen | Solicitor
On 14th May 2018

The House in Multiple Occupation (“HMO”) licensing and planning regimes often spring a nasty surprise on unsuspecting landlords, placing them at risk of hefty fines for breaking the rules.

With the law soon to change, and to place demands on even more landlords, this blog post sets out the current and future HMO regulatory landscape.

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Ombudsman Services – Would a single housing ombudsman be better

Sadhari Perera

Posted by Sadhari Perera | Solicitor
On 9th May 2018

Ombudsman Services announced last February that it will be starting a managed withdrawal of the free service available to redress disputes between consumers, surveyors, managing agents, estate agents and letting agents by 6 August 2018.

Chief Ombudsman, Lewis Shand Smith, stated that they decided to withdraw their services because it “does not feel it is adding any value” to an already “broken market”.

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Fixed Fee Future: The fate of disrepair claims

Jayesh Kunwardia

Posted by Jayesh Kunwardia | Partner
On 16th April 2018

With the use of private rented accommodation continuing to rise yearly, it is a concern as to whether landlords are maintaining accommodation to a habitable standard as the law requires.

Currently all Council, Housing Association and private renting tenants are protected by section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and Section 4 Defective Premises Act 1972, which provides guidance on the repairing obligations of landlords and maintains that they provide an accommodation that is “reasonably safe from personal injury or from damage to their property” from a relevant defects.

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