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The Department for Work and Pensions has overturned a tribunal’s decision to exempt two brothers from the bedroom tax due to room size. The landmark ruling is a blow to anyone hoping to challenge the bedroom tax solely by arguing that a room is too small to be considered a bedroom because of overcrowding definitions in the relevant Housing Acts in Scotland and England. The upper tribunal ruling, which is binding […]

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A Lancashire landlord who ignored an enforcement notice issued by the fire service has been fined £10,500 and ordered to pay costs of £12,000. The £22,500 bill came after officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) visited a house in Westminster Road, Morecambe owned by Eli Zohar in June 2013. LFRS found that the emergency lighting was in a state of disrepair and there was no suitable system of […]

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The proportion of private sector tenants evicted by their landlord or letting agent has fallen over the past year says the Residential Landlords Association. According to the most recent English Housing Survey for 2012/13, just seven per cent of tenants who had moved in the last three years said that it was because they had been asked to leave by their landlord or agent. This compares with nine per cent […]

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A proposed bill to exempt hundreds of thousands of households from the bedroom tax would lead to legal challenges, appeals and more administration costs for social landlords, sector experts have warned. A private members bill to change the bedroom tax, tabled by Liberal Democrat backbencher MP Andrew George, passed its second reading in the House of Commons by 306 votes to 231 last Friday. The bill would exempt from the […]

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