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Possession claims set to return as government stay expires

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Senior Associate
On 3rd August 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left the UK battered and bruised, with the economic, social and personal effects of the virus felt throughout the nation. The ongoing economic fallout has left tenants across the country out of work and unable to meet rental arrangements. To tackle this fragile situation, the government introduced a temporary stay on possession claims earlier this year.

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“No DSS” discrimination ruled unlawful

Bahareh Amani

Posted by Bahareh Amani | Senior Associate
On 28th July 2020

For years, many tenants looking to secure private accommodation were stopped by the usual sign “No DSS” which was often found in shop windows of estate agencies, internet ads, or which was the basic response on the back end of a 10 second phone call. This meant that anyone who was in need of assistance from the state with paying their rent would find it much more difficult to find accommodation. Sadly, it was the most vulnerable members of society, single parents or those who just needed a helping hand that would generally face the “no DSS reaction” and so were left either homeless, continuing to live in overcrowded or substandard accommodation or having to move away from family, friends and support networks.

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Social Rents under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016-2021

Alexander Panayi

Posted by Alexander Panayi | Solicitor
On 22nd July 2020

As a result of pandemic, on 6 July 2020 the Government announced a further one year extension to the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme. This means that housing associations and registered providers now have until March 2023 to start construction. However, based on the data released by the government in February 2020, only 4% of the homes funded the SOAHP since 2016 were for social rent. This is despite 22% of the £9 billion budget having been allocated to social rents.

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Can an office be your new home?

Ovaiz Panwala

Posted by Ovaiz Panwala | Paralegal
On 9th July 2020

At the start of this new decade, we are going through one of the most unprecedented moments in our history. Amongst many other things, Covid-19 has shed further light on the difficulties the housing sector is going through, ranging from the increase of people being found homeless and living in over-crowded homes to tenants facing eviction. 

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