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UK homelessness rises

“The single biggest and most urgent crisis we face”

16 August, 20180 Comments
Boris Johnson’s most recent article for The Telegraph hits out at previous labour governments for failing to build enough houses for the UK population and leaving the youth of today facing huge obstacles just to get onto the housing ladder. The “single biggest and most urgent crisis we face” is that we’re stuck in a
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Residential landlords have a major role to play in preventing homelessness

31 January, 20170 Comments
The appalling rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England illustrates the importance of private rented accommodation, according to The Deposit Protection Services (The DPS). More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, up 16% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local
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U TURN on Local Authorities Having to Accept Service of Section 21 As Homelessness

25 October, 20160 Comments
Homelessness Reduction Bill changed and it’s bad news for landlords The final version of Bob Blackman MP’s Homelessness Reduction Bill has been published ahead of its 2nd Reading in Parliament. In complete contrast to previous versions, and the report by Crisis that preceded it, the final version delivers a kicking to landlords. The NLA had
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Growing need for longer tenancies

RLA – Homelessness in the UK is not down to landlords

12 February, 20160 Comments
The RLA has responded to a government inquiry into homelessness, defending landlords. Private sector landlords are repeatedly and unfairly blamed for the increasing number of homeless in the UK. However the RLA believes there are numerous external contributing factors which are putting pressure on landlords that need to be highlighted when it comes to tackling
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Bedroom tax leaves 1,500 properties empty

12 February, 20150 Comments
New figures have revealed that local authorities are losing £20 million in rent every year as the ‘bedroom tax’ leaves homes empty. Government figures have shown that nearly 1,500 properties with 2 or more bedrooms have been left vacant because tenants cannot afford to move into them. There has also been a dramatic increase in
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World Cup stadium to reduce Brazil’s 5.2m homeless?

23 July, 20140 Comments
BREAKING NEWS Seven years in the planning, and with a price-tag looking to exceed £8 billion, Brazil’s World Cup has been the most expensive football tournament to date. The recent tournament has also been extremely controversial. From Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany to Suarez’s vampire like tendencies there has been a
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Dangerous practices continue, despite a string of legal judgments – Do we actually care about our young people?

23 July, 20140 Comments
Young people should not be living in B&Bs   Local authorities are continuing to place 16- and 17-year-olds in bed and breakfast accommodation despite legal judgments Bed and breakfasts lack the stability and support that vulnerable young people require, and may increase the risks they face. Composite: guardian.co.uk The use of bed and breakfast accommodation
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Activists call for a ban on Section 21’s …

11 April, 20140 Comments
Yesterday housing activists occupied the Department of Communities and Local Government in protest at evictions and insecurity of tenure. The protest followed reports of a workshop held by DCLG about ways of making it easier for landlords to evict their tenants, where campaigners bedded down in sleeping bags in the department’s lobby to “highlight how
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Impact of court fee rise will leave door wide open for bad tenants

09 April, 20140 Comments
Planned changes to court fees will take effect from 22nd April 2014, where fees for possession claims will see an increase of 60%. An application for possession currently costs £175 and when these changes come into force this will increase to £280. The possession claim online (PCOL) service, which currently has a discounted fee of
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