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Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights, looks at another successful homeless appeal carried out by Housing Rights Service.  As experienced advisers will be aware, an appeal can only be heard in the County Court if the case involves an error of law.

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Chris McGrath LLB, Solicitor with Housing Rights, discusses a recent Housing Rights High Court Case where Bank of Scotland was found to be double billing customers in mortgage arrears.

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Money Matters, Repossession, Case law, Legal
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A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed.  This Judicial Review was brought on the grounds that the policy was discriminatory as it does not allow for an additional bedroom where a child with disabilities needs overnight care.  The judgment stresses the importan

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Welfare Reform, Case law, Affordability, Legal
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A mother and daughter, who had been intimidated from their home, will now be able to sell their property under the SPED scheme thanks to a Court of Appeal decision made last week.

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Social Tenancies, Homelessness, Case law, Legal

Housing professionals will be only too aware of the increase in the number of applications for possession of residential dwellings.  What many are less aware of is how useful an application for a Time Order can be to homeowners who risk losing their homes due to a secured loan or second charge.

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Repossession, Case law, Affordability

In the case of Roberts v Bank of Scotland PLC [2013] EWCA Civ 882, the UK Court of Appeal upheld an award of damages against the Royal Bank of Scotland for harassment.

The case was brought as a civil claim under section 1 (1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which provides:
“A person must not pursue a course of conduct (a) which amounts to harassment of another and (b) which he knows or ought to know amounts to harassment of another”.

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A recent Northern Ireland High Court decision provided important judicial interpretation on the Housing Selection Scheme rules and the allocation of housing to transfer applicants. The decision has already affected a number of our clients and impacted on how social landlords manage allocations.  Solicitor Chris McGrath outlines the case.

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Case law, Legal

The decisions of the Supreme Court in the cases of Pinnock and Powell in 2010 and 2011 opened up the possibility of using a human rights argument when advising clients faced with possession action.

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Repossession, Case law

A recent case before the Upper Tribunal in England looked at the effective date for the backdating of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). SMI is a government scheme which provides assistance to homeowners facing problems meeting some of their housing costs.

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To end a tenancy either the landlord or the tenant must serve a Notice to Quit.  But, can that notice be served electronically?  We’ve asked our Legal Team to investigate.  Carmel Ferguson reports.

The law regarding Notice to Quit

Article 14 Of the Private Tenancies Order 2006 states that—

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