What's new on Shelter Legal

The pages on Shelter Legal are updated regularly to reflect changes in the law.

This page lists the most recent updates to Shelter Legal.

  • Rents and rent increases for assured and assured shorthold tenancies

    29 April 2022

    In Johnson v Richmond Housing Partnership Ltd [2022] UKUT 80 (LC) the Upper Tribunal held that the First-tier Tribunal had jurisdiction to consider a tenant's challenge to a rent increase. The tenant had used the correct form but mistakenly included the notice of rent increase from a previous year. The Upper Tribunal held that application was made in substantial compliance with the statutory requirements and the tribunal had jurisdiction to direct the tenant to correct the error.

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  • Eligibility for homelessness help in Wales

    29 April 2022

    The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility)(Wales)(Amendment) Regulations 2022 SI 2022/485 inserts a new category of people eligible for homelessness assistance and social housing in Wales. People who left Ukraine because of the Russian invasion are eligible if they have been given leave in accordance with the Immigration Rules.

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  • Legal aid for housing problems

    11 April 2022

    The Early Legal Advice Pilot Scheme Order 2022 SI 2022/397 provides for certain housing, debt, and welfare benefits issues to be in scope for legal aid for the purposes of the pilot. Under the scheme, clients can receive up to three hours of advice and assistance, but not representation. There are no means or merits tests. The pilot runs from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024 and is available to individuals living or habitually resident in the area of Manchester City Council or Middlesbrough Council who are selected to take part.

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  • Section 21 notices for assured shorthold tenancies

    6 April 2022

    Following feedback, this page has been updated to clarify that in the case of a joint tenancy the prevailing view confirms the common law position that a valid section 21 notice must contain the names of all joint tenants and be served on at least one of them. In the unreported case of Hacking v Jones (2012), Croydon County Court decided that the tenant is all of the persons who share the joint and several liability, and the tenant is correctly named by inclusion of all of those names.

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  • Money claims process under Part 7 Civil Procedure Rules

    6 April 2022

    This page contains more information about how an acknowledgment of service can be amended or withdrawn under CPR 10.

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  • Right to rent immigration checks

    5 April 2022

    From 6 April 2022, the Immigration (Restrictions on Employment and Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) and Licensing Act 2003 (Personal and Premises Licences) (Forms), etc., Regulations 2022/242 implement changes to who has a right to rent in the UK and how landlords and agents can perform checks on prospective tenants. The regulations implement an updated Code of Practice and new guidance contains full details of the changes, including how holders of biometric residence cards or permits can prove their right to rent. The COVID-19 temporary adjusted right to rent checks have been extended until 30 September 2022.

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  • Benefits to pay for a homeless hostel

    1 April 2022

    This new page explains which benefits people can claim to help pay for staying in a homeless hostel, and how to calculate how much they are entitled to claim.

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  • Rules for managing HMOs

    29 March 2022

    The Housing (Approval of Code of Management Practice) (Student Accommodation) (England) Order 2022 SI 2022/198 came into force on 22 March 2022. The order approves a new code of practice relating to the management of student HMO accommodation. The 2006 code of practice is withdrawn.

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  • Tenancy deposit protection prescribed information

    28 March 2022

    This page has been updated to confirm that the required information under Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007 can be signed by an employee of the landlord, if the landlord is a company. It does not have to be signed by a director of the company.

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  • Assured tenancy notice seeking possession

    28 March 2022

    This page has been updated to confirm that a section 8 notice can be signed by an employee of the landlord, if the landlord is a company. It does not need to be signed by a director of the company, or witnessed, as section 44 Companies Act 2006 does not apply.

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