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A judgment from the England and Wales Court of Appeal will be relevant to any social landlord wishing to recover possession of a dwelling due to a tenant’s alleged breach of tenancy conditions.  This judgment sets out guidance on:

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Repossession, Social Tenancies, Case law, Legal

New regulations have been issued delaying the introduction of the social sector size criteria, or ‘bedroom tax’, for housing benefit claimants in Northern Ireland.

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Solicitor Carmel Ferguson looks at a recent judicial review into London Borough of Southwark’s refusal to allow an applicant to make a fresh application for homelessness assistance, after the applicant’s original application was unsuccessful.

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Homelessness, Case law, Legal

The Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and date of claim) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2016 will reduce the backdating period for Housing Benefit claims from six months to one month and will remove the family premium for new claimants. These changes come into effect on 5th September 2016.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform, Legal

Social landlords are entitled to recover possession of a dwelling without applying to courts for a possession order where they have carried out investigations and are satisfied that a property has been abandoned by the tenant.  Solicitor Chris McGrath looks at what a landlord is required to do in order to satisfy the legislative requirements relating to abandonment and at a tenant's right to appeal the termination of his or her tenancy under this procedure. 

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Social Tenancies, Legal

A number of pieces of legislation which will impact on the work of housing and welfare practitioners have recently passed the Assembly.  Legislation is available online from Legislation.gov.uk.

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Practical tips, Welfare Reform, Legal

Since landmark judgments in the Pinnock and Powell cases back in 2011, housing practitioners and legal professionals have questioned how human rights arguments can be applied to possession proceedings in the privately rented sector.  Carmel Ferguson, Solicitor with Housing Rights, considers a recent Supreme Court judgment that delivers clarity on this issue.

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Repossession, Private Tenancies, Case law, Legal

Response to a Review of Rate Liability in the Domestic Rental Sector

Housing Rights’ key concerns with the current system for domestic rates liability are in relation to affordability and transparency. 

Both these concerns are discussed in this response., along with specific comment on the proposals put forward by the Department in the consultation paper. 

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Regulation, Affordability, Legal

Landlord licensing is set to be introduced for HMOs in Northern Ireland following the Assembly’s passing of the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Bill. The Bill is currently awaiting Royal assent.

Although not solely focused on private rented properties, the HMO Bill is seen as a key component in improving regulation and standards within the sector. It is hoped the Bill will provide better protection for tenants living in houses of multiple occupation.

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Fitness, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Case law, Landlord, Legal

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