The Something Must Be Done Bill, Calais edition

The Rent Act 1957 introduced the requirement for a court order for eviction from a tenancy. That is 58 years of eviction without due process of law being unlawful. But no matter, for Something Must Be Done to deter people who have spent months on perilous journeys across continents and are currently sleeping under an […]

The homelessness budget

After several days of a mixture of swearing and incredulity, I am finally ready to write about the ’emergency’ budget (the emergency apparently being the pressing need to raise inheritance tax thresholds). For housing, the budget will have a significant impact, and one which will get worse in future years. It will, without a shadow […]

Party like it’s 1957

1957 was an important year. Russell Endean became the first man to be out “handled the ball” in a Test Cricket match. Anthony Eden resigned and Harold Macmillan became PM. The Cat in the Hat was first published. And it was the last time that anyone updated the rent levels in the statutory covenants relating […]

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here

We were pretty scathing about the Conservative manifesto plans before the election and, yesterday, with the Queen’s Speech, we got more detail of their plans for government. The Speech itself is available here, but what you actually need to read is the background briefing paper, available here. The Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill will […]

Housing and immigration. Bombshells and bombast

In a speech timed to hide the release of the latest figures on net migration, the Prime Minister made an assortment of announcements on forthcoming policies. The part that concern us here, went as follows: There are other ways we can identify those who shouldn’t be here, for example through housing. For the first time […]

Promises and lies

With the manifestos all now published, I thought it might be interesting to look at what is being said about housing by the three main parties. I might do the others later, if I have time. Conservatives The highlight of housing policy seems to be a huge extension in the Right to Buy, to take […]

Rents and Equality. Barnet, again.

It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their  plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest. We previously spent some time on why this was a bloody stupid idea, given the […]

Tenancy deposits – where we are now?

With the relevant parts of the Deregulation Act 2015 having come into force on 26 March 2015, time for a quick outline of what the changes mean for deposit protection and section 21 notices. Deposit taken pre 6 April 2007 which became statutory periodic after April 2007. Superstrike [our note] found that any pre 2007 […]

Not So Alarming

There are new provisions requiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties. This announcement has had an interesting genesis! The Government announced on 11 March 2015 that it would be utilising powers it had taken to itself to require smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in residential property. However, they did not […]

Selective Licensing Reforms

If the case-law is to be believed, local authorities have a hard enough time introducing selective licensing schemes as it is (see R (Peat) v Hyndburn and R (Regas) v Enfield)). Well, the government has published a draft SI designed to make it even harder. In addition to the existing conditions which have to be […]