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New licensing scheme for HMOs

15th August 2016

The London borough of Bexley is developing a new local licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The council will start a consultation in September on licensing regulations for properties that are used as HMOs. A multi-agency approach is also being developed to enable faster and more 'joined-up' enforcement. Currently under nationally applied legislation only HMOs with three or more storeys, containing five or more people in two or more households and with shared facilities, need...

Bill could ‘transform how we tackle homelessness’

29th June 2016

A conservative MP is calling for support with his Bill to tackle homelessness. Bob Blackman, Conservative MP and member of the Communities and Local Government Committee, has said he will use his Private Members’ Bill to champion a new law aimed at tackling and preventing homelessness in England. The Homelessness Reduction Bill has received the backing of national homelessness charity, Crisis, who are calling on MPs from across the political spectrum to support it. Drawing on the recommendations ...

Opinion: How would 'Brexit' affect UK Employment laws?

15th June 2016

By William Downing, employment lawyer and partner, Blake Morgan. On 23 June voters across the UK will decide whether the UK should remain in the European Union (EU) or leave it. What difference will the UK leaving the EU make to employment laws? The changes that could be made are heavily dependent on any trade agreement reached in the event of a vote to leave the EU. Countries like Norway and Switzerland are not in practice free from the constraints of EU Employment laws. If, exceptionally, t...

Lister pledges tough stance from HCA

14th June 2016

The next chair of the HCA will be “pushing hard to deliver” if he gets the job. Sir Edward Lister told the commons DCLG committee he would be “holding people to account” to ensure the government’s house-building targets are met. The former deputy to ex-London mayor Boris Johnson and ex-council leader made his comments during part of the selection process that is likely to see him become the Homes and Communities Agency’s new chairman. His comments are a warning ...

Khan to halt office-to-residential conversions

7th June 2016

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to safeguard office space for small businesses in London. Khan’s announcement follows the publication of new City Hall figures, which show that since 2013, over 1.47 million square metres of office space could have already been converted into residential units in London using the government’s ‘permitted development rights’, which allows uncontrolled office-to-residential developments.  This means space for nearly 94,000 jobs in L...