Equality duty to be in force 6 April

The Government Equalities Office has announced that the Public Sector Equality Duty will be in force from 6 April 2011. The Equalities Office page has links to the following documents: Draft regulations on the specific duties; Draft order amending Schedule 19, listing the public bodies to which the duty applies; A ‘Quick Start’ guide for […]

Dear Mr Shapps

My word, what a fountain of press releases you have been lately. Quite takes me back to the heady days of John Healey. But it is this press release I want to talk about, the ‘Neighbours from Hell’ one. You announce that you: will introduce a new additional mandatory ground for possession, so those tenants […]

There’s no place like HMO

A brief trip to the Emerald City, or rather Reading, where the Borough Council may have established a record for a fine for breaches of The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and the Housing Act 2004 Section 11. An HMO at 33 London Road was found by Reading BC to be […]

Carrots and sticks – travellers’ sites

News from Mr Pickles and the DCLG Item 1. The Government is to bring s.318 Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 into force, finally according travellers on authorised sites the same security as those who come under the Mobile Homes Act. Hurrah. Item 2. Planning circulars regarding construction of authorised travellers sites are being scrapped. Apparently […]

HMOs and Council Tax

Goremsandu, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Harrow [2010] EWHC 1873 (Admin) As many of you will know the definition of an HMO for the purposes of Council Tax is totally different from that used in the Housing Act 2004 (and in relation to planning uses classes). It is, however, an important […]

A farewell to the pink campervan?

It appears that the Tenant Services Authority is living on borrowed time and is on route to being the shortest lived social housing regulator ever, having got its full powers only in April 2010. There will probably be an announcement at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference, next week. See this interview with Grant Shapps, […]

Pulling the Rugg out from under them

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has now confirmed that not only the National Landlord Register is finished as a proposal. Also dead in the water are regulation of letting and managing agents, and compulsory written tenancy agreements. Councils are ‘urged to use the wide range of powers that they already have at their disposal’ to deal […]

Housing policy dribbles

Or the good, the bad and the ugly from the Housing minister and the Communities and Local Government secretary. Grant Shapps, housing minister has been setting out some plans, or perhaps aspirations. Mostly, these seem to involve encouraging people to buy houses. And encouraging mortgage lenders to lend more to people to buy houses. Via […]

A farewell to the RSL

On 17 March 2010, the ‘The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010’, SI 2010 NO. 866 was made. Also enacted on 17 March was The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2010, SI 2010 NO. 862. Both come into force on 1 April 2010. […]