Providing Landlords, tenants & letting agents with help, advice and guidance on all aspects of the Private Rented sector.
Raising awareness & understanding on issues in the PRS. A valuable resource centre for all Housing Professionals, Landlords & Property Managers.
Providing qualifications, events and support to Environment Health Officers and other Housing Professionals.
DASH also offers a variety of other joint services including research, government consultation leads, shared housing services:- by offering these services across a number of different local authorities significant economies of scales can be achieved.
The High Court has approved the use of nuisance law to require landlords to tackle problem tenants.
It is now possible for a successful claim for damages in nuisance to be brought against a landlord for failures to tackle what can broadly be termed anti-social behaviour.
It is important that landlords are aware that there are specific circumstances where they may have liability and can read more in the recent article from AH news.
This guidance updates the version published on 21 March 2011 advising home-owners on how to deal with squatters. From 1 September 2012, a person squatting in a residential building is committing a crime. This guidance is jointly produced with the Ministry of Justice and is aimed at informing property owners about the new offence and the procedures for regaining possession of their properties from squatters.
Westminster City Council is thought to have become the first local authority in the country to use new legal powers to evict a squatter and reclaim a family home. The London borough used the new Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which came into force on 1 September, to evict a squatter. Under the new legislation, local authorities can remove squatters by complaining to the police who, if satisfied that the claim is genuine, can take action.
Last Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:25:44 GMT