For part 3 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Madhur Sharma on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
In a decision of the High Court dated 1 March 2019, Mr Justice Spencer ruled that the “Right to Rent” scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration status of tenants introduced in England in 2016, was discriminatory and violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
Mr Justice Spencer further ruled that the scheme should not be rolled out to the rest of the United Kingdom without further evaluation. The challenge was brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).
The “Right to Rent” scheme was trialled in the West Midlands before it was extended to all of England and requires landlords to carry out checks on prospective tenants. Failure to carry out the checks is a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment or a fine.
Do note however, this ruling will not automatically lead to a change in Government policy, and the “Right to Rent” scheme remains in force unless, and until, Parliament changes the law. Landlords in England must therefore continue to comply with the regulations until further notice. An appeal may of course follow.
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Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
As the end of 2020 beckons, we take a look at what progress the Sterling market has made in its preparations for the end of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) on 31 December 2021.
Finally, there is a glimmer of hope that perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic could be reaching its end.
For part 2 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews senior associate Lisa Whitehouse on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
Delayed since Spring 2020 as the Government tackled the Covid-19 crisis, Tuesday 17 November saw the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the future regulation of the sector
In this ebriefing, we examine how the duty holder regime will apply to social housing providers with existing HRRBs in their housing stock.
Following Katherine's "heads up" last week, the Government has now confirmed that for claim periods post 1 December, employers will not be able to claim for employees who are serving their notice
For part 1 in this series of short podcasts, Chris Lloyd-Smith interviews solicitor Puja Desai on how she has been coping during these unprecedented times.
Over 100 trainees and future trainees from Birmingham joined the BTSS for a webinar to address concerns around training remotely and qualifying during a possible recession.
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