New Policy or rogue Policy? Licensing in the private rented sector under scrutiny

Background Sections 79 to 81 of the Housing Act 2004 provided for the introduction of a scheme of selective licensing of private landlords in a local housing authority’s area. Many of the provisions relating to selective licensing are similar to those relating to the mandatory and discretionary licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) –

Lasting Powers of Attorney – What’s new?

In 2007 Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) came into force replacing Enduring Powers of Attorney which existed at that time. The reason for replacing Enduring Powers of Attorney with LPAs was to try and prevent fraud and abuse of vulnerable people, to incorporate new checks and balances to prove that the donor had sufficient capacity,

The Government’s controversial Proposed Housing Bill and the ‘Right to Buy’

The Government’s proposed Housing Bill will give approximately 1.3million Housing Association Tenants the ‘Right to Buy’ their home. The Bill seeks to extend home ownership which forms a key part of the new legislative agenda for the Conservative Government. To fund this policy the Housing Bill will require Councils to sell their most valuable housing