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Ombudsman Upholds Complaint by Homeless Family Kept in Hotels for 3 Years

Posted on May 14, 2018

Bristol City Council has been found by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to have failed a vulnerable homeless family, which included disabled young children, in its handling of their homeless application. Successive errors by the housing and social services departments meant that the family were forced to move between hotels, without any stable accommodation, for 3 years.  The…

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The Leaseholder’s Priority – Understanding Your Lease

Posted on January 30, 2018

The security of shelter is a basic human requirement and is even more important if we have a family or other dependants. As a reflection of this importance, the biggest financial outlay for most of us is the payment of a mortgage or rent. According to the Government's White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, 'more than 2.2 million working…

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Internal Structural Alterations To Your Leasehold Property

Posted on January 30, 2018

Over the past few years, stories about unfair leasehold practices have been cropping up with greater frequency. As reported by The Estates Gazette in September 2017, the Government recently performed a review of leasehold practice. A seemingly secondary finding of this consultation was that many leaseholders are not aware of the conditions of their lease, having purchased leasehold properties without…

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Landlords Be Warned: ‘How to Rent’ Checklist Updated

Posted on January 23, 2018

Since 1st October 2015, if landlords grant a new tenancy or a replacement tenancy, they need to comply with the necessary requirements before a valid section 21 notice can be served. One of these requirements requires the landlord to provide the tenant with an up to date version of the government publication - How to rent: A checklist for renting…

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