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What have the Court’s said about using benefits to make up a rent shortfall?

Sioned Wyn Roberts

Posted by Sioned Wyn Roberts | Solicitor
On 17th June 2019

Last week saw the Supreme Court hand down judgement in the case of Samuels v Birmingham [2019] UKSC 28. This case was about whether a local authority is entitled to treat someone as intentionally homeless on the basis that part of their income from benefits was available to meet the shortfall between the rent due and the housing benefit in payment.

In this case, the tenant’s income consisted solely of benefits. Housing Benefit did not cover all of the rent due, leaving a shortfall each month that she could not afford.

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Supreme Court rules against single parents

Suzanne Bird

Posted by Suzanne Bird | Solicitor
On 16th May 2019

The Supreme Court has announced a ruling that will affect the housing of thousands of single parents across the country, particularly in areas with higher rents. It has been found by the highest courts in the UK that the controversial “benefit cap” does not amount to discrimination.

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Shock abolition of Section 21 Notices

Shabnam Shekarian

Posted by Shabnam Shekarian | Solicitor
On 15th April 2019

The Government has announced its plans to abolish the Section 21 eviction process otherwise known as the ‘no fault eviction’. This poses the obvious question of whether in fact, Housing law is moving towards a more tenant friendly approach and whether this will be the potential solution for the leading cause of homelessness in England.

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What amounts to harassment by a landlord?

Lottie Baldwin

Posted by Lottie Baldwin | Paralegal
On 22nd February 2019

Harassment by a landlord may take various forms – it may involve a landlord interfering with a tenant/occupiers use of the property or engaging in intimidating or violent behaviour. Harassment may often lead to, or occur along with illegal eviction.

A tenant’s right against a landlord engaging in harassing behaviour will depend partly on the nature of the tenancy or licence held at the property. The following gives an overview of common forms of harassment.

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