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The Deregulation Act 2015 – a step in the right direction?

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Associate
On 17th October 2016

The Deregulation Act (“the Act”) became law on 26th March 2016 and introduced several changes as to how Landlords, and their agents, are able to secure possession of their property. The changes apply to any new Assured Shorthold Tenancy (“AST”) beginning on or after 1st October 2015, with it applying to all other pre-existing tenancies from 1st October 2018. The position before the Act, compared with the current position, is discussed below.

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Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016 – is there a silver lining to the cloud?

Sophie Bell

Posted by Sophie Bell | Partner
On 6th October 2016

Homelessness is one of society’s greatest ills and one which we all encounter in some shape or form as we go about our business on a day to day basis. It’s no hidden fact that the numbers of homeless people in England is rising at an unprecedented rate. Crisis reports that in England, a staggering 114,790 households applied to their local authority for homelessness assistance in 2015/16, which is an 11 per cent rise since 2010/11.

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Dealing with possession claims – a day in my life as a duty solicitor

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick | Partner
On 5th October 2016

I act as one of the duty solicitors at the Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court and as a housing specialist I represent clients with possession claims who attend Court without the benefit of legal representation. When I arrive at Court I meet with one of the Court clerks who are attending the list of hearings for that morning or afternoon. I will be given a list of the cases and start taking the names of clients who have requested to see the duty solicitor for that day.

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Housing goals

Jack Williams

Posted by Jack Williams | Paralegal
On 26th September 2016

As the housing crisis in London continues to rise on a yearly basis, the need for affordable housing is still an on-going issue in the UK. Following from the philanthropy shown by former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs in housing the homeless with a hotel, it is now apparent that footballers are feeling the urge to give back and make a difference.

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‘Pay to stay’ trap will force working families out of council homes

Sadhari Perera

Posted by Sadhari Perera | Solicitor
On 22nd September 2016

An increase in rent prices has been a consistent issue over the years, with average rent prices rising significantly over time. Although these increases have caused problems for private tenants it seems that social tenants are also under similar pressures. Now, thanks to the government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy, more than 70,000 social tenants face average rent rises of more than £1000 a year.

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