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The law gets tough on the fight against rogue landlords

Edward Veale

Posted by Edward Veale | Associate
On 16th February 2018

The Guardian recently reported that government figures reveal an estimated 338,000 properties rented by under-35s were ‘hazardous and likely to cause harm.’ These figures suggest that over half a million people are starting their adult lives in such conditions. Some of the worst conditions occur where ‘slum landlords’ attempt to squeeze a high number of tenants into sub-standard housing which is designed to accommodate far fewer people.

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One step closer: the Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill

Edward Sharp

Posted by Edward Sharp | Solicitor
On 7th February 2018

In our November blog we campaigned for constituents to contact their MPs’ in order to support the revived Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill, a private member’s bill which would significantly bolster tenants’ rights in relation to housing standards.

On 19 January 2018, the Bill underwent its second reading in the House of Commons with concern that it would be “talked out” as it had been previously in 2015. However, much has changed on the political landscape since then, and with wide-ranging public support and backing from a spectrum of organisations – including Shelter, Mind, and Citizens Advice at one end, and the Residential Landlords Association, the National Landlords Association and the Association of Residential Letting Agents at the other – the Bill was passed to the next stage by unanimous consent.

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Street Homelessness Levels Continue to Soar

Zachary Whyte

Posted by Zachary Whyte | Paralegal
On 5th February 2018

The Guardian writes that in England rough sleeping “has increased for the seventh consecutive year”. This article goes on to list several shocking statistics. For those who work in housing these figures are no surprise and it is widely expected that these issues will continue into an eighth year.

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Hiding homeless people away is not a solution to tackle homelessness

Jack Williams

Posted by Jack Williams | Paralegal
On 2nd February 2018

National Audit Office (NAO) report released in September 2017, shows there is a sharp rise in homelessness over the last 5 years resulting in a cost of approximately £1 billion per year to local authorities. The issue has been brought into the public eye with the help of philanthropic celebrities forming homeless hotels and subsidised housing estates; including Russel Brand who has requested individuals to sign his petition to help homeless as a perfect wedding present for Prince Harry.

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