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Right to Rent? The Immigration Bill 2013


Landlords would not normally expect laws with far reaching consequences for their business detailed in Immigration legislation. Safiye Conner, specialist housing and social care solictor at Osbornes discusses how the Immigration Bill 2013 is set to change this position. A draft of the Immigration Bill 2013 has been recently published in order to ‘ address public concern about immigration.’https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-bill-overarching-documents.

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Where will the homeless go?


In news this week it has been confirmed that London Councils are preparing to send thousands of families into temporary accommodation outside of London in attempts to comply with their homelessness duties. As a result of Housing Benefit caps brought in by the government there are limits to the level of Housing Benefit that can

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Treasury collecting millions in unclaimed assets when no will has been made


Bona Vacantia is Latin for ‘ownerless goods’. Under a combination of common law and statute dating back to the Middle Ages, the estates of people who die without a Will or heirs pass to the Crown or to the Government. The amount of unclaimed assets has nearly doubled in the last year, with the Prince of

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Will writing is being neglected by couples


Recently published research has revealed that some 66 per cent of people living together as a couple do not have a will. A survey of 2,000 people co-habiting and married adults in the UK by “confused.com” has revealed that over half of couples in the UK do not have a will. Over a quarter of

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Where there’s a Will…


The Finance Act 2008 effectively doubled the Inheritance Tax allowance for married couples provided that certain hoops are jumped through following the death of the second spouse. All married couples who have made tax efficient wills, catchily known as ‘Nil Rate Band Discretionary Trust’ (NRBDT) Wills, should, if they have not already done so, review

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – news forms


The Mental Capacity Act 2005, which came into force in October 2007, signalled the end of the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) and introduced the new Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in its place. One of the main differences between an LPA and an EPA relates to registration. An EPA need only be registered once

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London property ‘hotspots’ 2014


With 2014 now off the starting blocks, property professionals across the country have made their predictions as to what is in store for the property market over the next twelve months. Simon Nosworthy, head of the residential property department at Osbornes solicitors gives a rundown of areas which are predicted to be London ‘hotspots’ in

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No Equality of Arms for Disabled Benefit Claimants


A great deal of criticism has been aimed at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) regarding how they assess whether a claimant is entitled to Employment & Support Allowance (ESA). ESA is a benefit designed for people who are incapable of work, rather than those who are capable of work who would instead claim

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Homelessness- The suitability of bed and breakfast accommodation


There is tremendous pressure on local authorities to house individuals and families for many reasons including unaffordable private rents and the cap on housing benefit as a result of which many poor and low earning families are priced out of the housing rental market and find themselves in desperate need and turn to their local

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Co-Ownership: The Importance of Declarations of Trust


Recent court decisions have demonstrated the benefits of joint owners of property declaring their beneficial interests. The beneficial interest is the amount of money that they both have in the property or their percentage share. Declaring interests at the outset of a transaction provides clarity about the parties’ intentions and may help to avoid disputes

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