Joint Dispute Resolution Advice

The three tenancy deposit schemes have jointly published a ‘Guide to Tenancy Deposits, Disputes and Damages‘ The new guide outlines the principles on which all three scheme administrator’s adjudicators make decisions so that the process is consistent and transparent...

New LHA Guidance Manual

The Department of Work and Pensions has issued a new Local Housing Allowance Guidance Manual to all local authority staff who deal with housing benefit. After having a quick glance through, it seems there are no major changes except of course to add information about...

Court Fees Increase from 4 April 2011

From 4 April 2011, court fees are to increase. The significant changes mainly affecting landlords are as follows: Accelerated Possession Claims: £280.00 (from £150.00) Standard Procedure Possession Claim (e.g. rent arrears): £280.00 (from £150.00) On-Line Possession...

Direct Payment Guidance

The Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) have published housing benefit circular HB/CTB A4/2011 which advises local authority staff on how to make decisions under the new direct payment provisions which commence in April 2011. What’s changing? From 6 April 2011,...