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Opinion: sub-letting, fraud, and the law

25th August 2016

By Jane Plant, Associate & Solicitor–Advocate at Weightmans LLP. A student studying Law at the University of West of England, Bristol has been convicted of Fraud and sentenced to 130 hours community sentence for sub-letting her Council flat. Kursheema Nurse was granted a secure tenant by Brent Housing Partnership (an arms length management organisation) since August 2010 of a 1 bedroomed flat in Stonebridge.   However, since June 2010 she was working in Bristol which is 120 mil...

Judicial bid to halt housing merger

17th August 2016

Two Welsh politicians are trying to stop a housing association merger. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Adam Price are looking to halt the planned merger between Cantref housing association and Wales and West, and want a judicial review carried out. The merger, which will see the Newcastle Emlyn base kept but the Cantref name lost, was approved at a shareholders’ meeting last week. The £30m deal would result in the Wales and West Housing Association taking control of ...

Subletting law student guilty of fraud

10th August 2016

A student who illegally sublet her Stonebridge flat while studying and working in Bristol has had the book thrown at her in court. Kusheema Nurse did not tell Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) that she had moved out of her council flat on Mordaunt Road after gaining a place at university in Bristol to study Law. Twenty six year old Ms Nurse was given the one bedroom flat by Brent Council in August 2010 – two months after secretly starting a part time job in Bristol, 120 miles away. In June 201...

Land Data Awards NLIS Channel License to Index Property Information

29th July 2016

Land Data, the NLIS regulator has awarded a NLIS channel license to Index, a conveyancing search provider with 23 offices across England and Wales. The company joins the two existing live NLIS channels, SearchFlow and Thames Water Property Searches in providing authoritative electronic land and property information through NLIS to the conveyancing profession. Index has been operating a successful franchise model for the past 6 years and offers conveyancers every type of search required in the la...

Stiffer sentencing guidelines mean there's nowhere to hide on health and safety compliance

22nd July 2016

With stiffer sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences now in force for England and Wales, the housing industry should tighten up health and safety compliance. While organisations may have robust procedures internally, what about health and safety processes of those delivering your outsourced services. It's necessary to ensure compliance across your entire supply chain. New sentencing guidelines, which came into force on 1 February 20...

A youth and two men hit with Civil Injunction Orders

21st July 2016

Salix Homes has secured three civil injunction orders (CIO) against two men and a youth – using legislation under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. On 4 July, a Manchester County Court judge banned 18-year-old Thomas Booth from entering Mulberry Court in Pendleton, Salford, for 12 months. The housing association applied to use the legislation after concerns of a tenant’s safety and other residents who live in the tower block. Booth, of no fixed abode, is forbidden to ...

Brexit: are RPs at a major crossroads or a minor flex in the road?

12th July 2016

Sector experts are warning of a house price slump, a inadequacy of stress testing amongst RPs in connection with a fall in house prices, funding becoming more expensive, and questioning whether housing policy, heavily geared towards home ownership, is fit for purpose, writes Croftons' Managing Partner, Simon Leighton. Just the odd jitter?I can readily understand how the London housing market, which has been heavily underpinned by massive international investment and huge city salaries, could be ...

Forbes Solicitors launches new Private Landlord Team

4th July 2016

Forbes Solicitors has set up a new team to help landlords. The private landlord team are able to help with issues such as drafting tailored tenancy agreements and defending disrepair claims and other types of action brought by tenants. It also deals with recovering possession of the property both at the end of the tenancy and in response to rent arrears and other breaches of tenancy. The team is launching a series of advice events for landlords, starting this Wednesday (July 6) and operating ...

EU Referendum: Apart from a mess, how do things look one week on?

1st July 2016

In the midst of the political, economic and constitutional disruption created by last week’s referendum decision and the fallout across the political parties, a few areas have materialised in relation to housing that offer some encouragement. Lord Heseltine, at the CIH conference yesterday indicated a significant announcement had been scheduled for this week of plans to assist 100 challenging estates and to support housing in the northern powerhouse. He was deliberately being vague in his choice ...

Landmark ruling on negligent property valuation case

1st July 2016

The Court of Appeal has issued a landmark judgement in a professional  negligence case with wide-ranging ramifications across the lending industry. It is a decision that also sets a new precedent in changing the legal pronciple of causation.  Banks, building societies, asset based lenders and surveyors will be affected by the ruling this week that means lenders can recover all of their losses from a negligent valuer arising out of a refinance loan. The effect of the case goes well b...