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Landlord not guilty of HMO offences after

December 12, 2018

Landlord not guilty of any offence in Houses in Multiple Occupation prosecution Our landlord  client was being prosecuted by summons for various offences under the Hosues iN Multiple Occupation Regulations.  They had let a two-bedroom flat to a couple who had in turn, without the landlords knowledge, sublet to up to 12 people. The matter was […]


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Tenancy Fraud – Housing Law or Criminal Law?

September 22, 2016

Tenancy Fraud There has been a recent drive to tackle tenancy fraud and to recover secure tenancies and assured tenancies (those social tenancies managed by Housing Associations). We have seen an increasing number of interviews under caution (formal interviews as part of a criminal investigation) being carried out in relation to alleged tenancy fraud. Understanding […]


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The Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

February 24, 2015

Defending Social Housing Fraud cases The Social Housing Fraud Act became law in 2013.  We were expecting a wave of possession claims, prosecutions and applications for confiscation of profits. What was expected to be a flood turned out to be a trickle – until now. In the last few weeks we have noticed a sharp […]


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Benefits Cuts Street

January 7, 2014

Life on Benefits Cuts  Street  This TV program seemed as if it had been chosen, produced and directed by George Osborne himself. He must also have arranged the scheduling. No sooner had it finished its selective tour of the hard up occupants  of the 99 houses than the chancellor himself pops up demanding  that half the future cuts […]


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Housing Fraud Act 2013 subletting is now a crime.

October 24, 2013

Housing fraud  act may make criminals out of sub-tenants The government claim that as of 2012 there were some 100,000 Council and Housing Association properties that were unlawfully sublet. There is an acute housing shortage. Many tenants may have been pushed into accommodation which, because of the new law,  could lead to criminal  charges. The […]


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Martha Moss asks “Is the Bedroom Tax fair”?

October 8, 2013

Bedroom Tax It has spawned court appeals from disabled people and prompted human rights concerns from the UN. Labour has promised to reform it, 59 per cent of the public want it scrapped and the Liberal Democrats are growing increasingly uncomfortable with it. The infamous ‘bedroom tax’ – which came into force in April will […]


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Landlords beware- even registered deposits can bite back

September 23, 2013

In a recent case, a landlord decided they wanted their property back on the expiry of an assured short hold tenancy. They issued possession proceedings under the accelerated procedure. A £600 deposit, which had been placed in an approved deposit protection scheme, had been paid at the start of the tenancy. The schedule of the […]


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Moss & Co gain possession despite Counter Claim for disrepair

August 2, 2013

The Landlord instructed Moss & Co just  two days before the initial possession hearing. The Landlord had initially issued possession proceedings themselves under Ground 8 in relation to rent arrears. The tenant had defended and counterclaimed for disrepair. The Counterclaim was going to delay the grant of possession for many months as the Court would […]


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Fixed fees are the way forward as Legal Aid cuts continue to bite

July 14, 2013

The UK’s criminal defence service has rapidly-evolved in recent years (hyperlink to crime blog part one) as a result of a number of factors, including legislative changes and the Government introducing competition into the market. As the profession has changed, a culture has also developed in which criminal defence is increasingly perceived as being a ‘free’ service. […]


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