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Frailty of the Homelessness Reduction Act without proper funds

17th April 2018

Despite the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act earlier this month, social housing lawyer Farzana Chowdhury of London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen says that without the funds and more social housing to accompany it, the legislation will have little impact. The aim of the Act is that early intervention by local authorities and…

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Council back down over decision not to rehouse Grenfell neighbours

7th February 2018

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has backed down over their plans not to rehouse tenants living around Grenfell Tower. At a meeting last night, the Council reversed its proposal not to rehouse residents of around 80 properties in the shadow of Grenfell Tower. Last summer, RBKC published rehousing policies for former residents…

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Lawyers warn court delays are undermining access to justice

12th December 2017

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen says it is seriously concerned that cuts to court funding and ongoing court closures are impacting its clients’ access to justice. Sophie Bell, a partner in the housing team that represents, among others, people affected by Grenfell Tower, said that the increased case load for the courts operating…

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Landlord concedes pets provide vital care for deaf woman

7th December 2017

Despite complaints from neighbours, a deaf woman has won the right to keep her pet dogs in rented accommodation near Ladbroke Grove after lawyers argued that the animals provided vital emotional support. Ashleigh Costello, 55, who is transgender and has suffered depression in the past, lost her partner and two close friends within a relatively…

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