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Cheaper Lease Extensions …Maybe?

Posted on October 10, 2018

On the 20th September 2018 the Law Commission published the hotly anticipated consultation paper on the proposed reforms to Leasehold home ownership. The paper runs to sum 546 pages however a useful summary has also been prepared that can be accessed here at a much more manageable 26!: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2018/07/Consultation-Paper-Summary.pdf There has been considerable press interest in perceived unfair practices in…

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Legal Aid Agency Agree to Backdate Legal Aid Certificates

Posted on October 10, 2018

Following a judicial review the Government has agreed to amend the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) regulations 2012 to allow for legal aid certificates to be backdated to the date of application. The situation prior to this decision meant that people who required urgent legal assistance were unlawfully being denied access to justice as  lawyers were prevented from undertaking any paid…

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How to deal with a Closure Order and Possession Proceedings

Posted on September 24, 2018

Over the last three years since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force Local Authorities and other social landlords have relied more and more on mandatory grounds for possession on the basis of “serious anti-social behaviour”. Landlords using these grounds for possession can rely on the making of a Closure Order, made in the Magistrates’ Court,…

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Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation to be Extended

Posted on September 24, 2018

In an attempt to raise standards for all relevant Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), changes are afoot and come into force on the 1st October 2018 when the mandatory licensing scheme will be extended. Currently, local authorities have a duty to licence all HMOs that are of three or more storeys and occupied by five or more persons who together…

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