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Does the ‘bedroom tax’ sexually discriminate?

Peter Claridge

Posted by Peter Claridge | Solicitor
On 13th January 2017

The ’bedroom tax’ was introduced in April 2013 as a limit on the amount of housing benefit which is payable to social housing tenants who are deemed to be under-occupying their homes by having spare bedrooms. Housing benefit is reduced by 14% for one additional bedroom or by 25% for two or more additional bedrooms. Although popularly called the ‘bedroom tax’, when first introduced by the government it was characterized as a removal of the ‘spare room subsidy’, implying that those subject to the tax were benefiting by having houses larger than they actually needed.

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Carols in the Bar 2016

Edward Veale

Posted by Edward Veale | Solicitor
On 21st December 2016

For the sixth year running, Hodge Jones and Allen hosted its annual Carols in the Bar on 14 December 2016, supported by the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. We had a fantastic evening, warmed up by the mulled wine and brass ensemble, and aided (greatly!) in our carol singing by Liberty Gospel Choir. Guest Keith Lobo also shared about his story from football hooligan to becoming founding partner of St John Legal.

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Love at Christmas?

Edward Veale

Posted by Edward Veale | Solicitor
On 16th December 2016

The dynamic between different family units living side by side in shared temporary accommodation is something one does not often see. Even as homelessness solicitors at Hodge Jones & Allen, typically we act for one particular individual or family with a particular legal issue – rarely do we act for multiple individuals who are in precisely the same predicament in precisely the same space-time-place. And so it was fascinating to watch the new play Love, being shown at the National Theatre this December, which traces the story of three families as they face the prospect of sharing Christmas together in B&B accommodation.

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Harassment and unlawful evictions… a solicitor’s view

Arjun Jethwa

Posted by Arjun Jethwa | Solicitor
On 6th December 2016

It is an offence for a landlord to engage in behaviour or an activity, or encourage others to do so which could force a tenant to leave a property or interfere with their quiet enjoyment of the property. Also, a landlord must follow due process in order to re-enter a property. Due process means serving a notice, issuing a claim for possession, obtaining an order for possession and enforcing that order with court bailiffs.

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