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Council struggles with interplay between leaseholder rules and procurement law

Wednesday 9 November 2011 – new case law

Newham council’s failure to service leaseholder notice at the right time waived by Judge

Interim payment for accident victim’s new home refused

Wednesday 9 November 2011 – new case law

High Court ruling illustrates the interim difficulties faced by major accident victims

Council should have told residents of industrial development application

Monday 7 November – Welsh Ombudsman raps Flintshire council for its failure to write to local residents about planning application

Social housing in Wales: latest Ombudsman decisions

Monday 7 November – Highlights from the latest published maladministration decisions of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Appeal Court considers extent of income support housing costs rules

Monday 7 November 2011 – new case law

Mother’s purchase of previously rented disability-adapted accommodation not qualify under ‘special needs’ housing costs rules

New duty to involve children in planning Welsh housing services

Thursday 3 November - new legislation

Welsh Government consults on statutory guidance to accompany new child and young person participation duties

Residential lets – recent Ombudsman rulings on letting agent performance

Thursday 3 November 2011 – new Ombudsman decisions

From dealing with disrepair to giving notice of viewings, the latest Ombudsman decisions highlight poor practice

Residential sales – recent Ombudsman rulings on estate agent performance

Thursday 3 November 2011 – new Ombudsman decisions

From maintaining Sale Boards to drafting particulars of sale, the latest Ombudsman decisions highlight good, and not so good, practice

Agent entitled to ask prospective tenant to sign tenancy before landlord

Wednesday 2 November 2011 - new Ombudsman decision

Property Ombudsman gives thumbs up to common practice of asking tenants to sign tenancy agreements first

First steps towards separate homelessness laws for England and Wales

Wednesday 2 November 2011 - Welsh Government initiates process that is likely to lead to repeal of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 in Wales

Housing Associations trail local authorities in tackling hate crimes

Wednesday 2 November

Equality & Human Rights Commission research shows significant minority of Housing Associations failing pro-actively to tackle ‘targeted harassment’

Councils entitled to rely on ‘hearsay’ in making homelessness decisions

1 November 2011 – new Ombudsman decision

Ombudsman rejects argument that council was prohibited from relying on hearsay evidence in deciding whether applicant was intentionally homeless

Suspected planning fraud - how to respond?

Tuesday 18 October 2011 - Minister advises councils on what they can do if they suspect a fraudulent planning application

Planning committee chair entitled to change mind when using casting vote

Tuesday 18 October 2011 – new case law

The High Court has rejected a challenge to a planning committee chair who changed his mind once the committee became deadlocked

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