Government to consider creating specialist ”housing court”. 

'Bristol Res' Blog • 16 November 2018

Ministers unveiled plans this week for a consultation entitled  ”Considering the case for a Housing Court” . The Government is inviting views from landlords and tenants with the aim of  better understanding and improving  the experience of people using courts and tribunal services in property cases.  It sets out the idea of a specialist Housing Court, which if introduced would hope to reduce delays and simplify the process of property disputes between landlords and tenants.

Outlining the plans James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said: “Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure. This is particularly important for families and vulnerable tenants who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move, or fear eviction if they complain about problems with their home”

“It is also important for landlords who, in a minority of cases, struggle to get their property back when they have reason to do so.”

He added: “The proposals announced today will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.
Currently such disputes are heard in the county court before passing through the High Court and magistrates’ court, but the plans would create a streamlined legal service.

ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, David Cox said in response,

“We welcome today’s news and are pleased the Government is finally listening to the industry. We have long urged Government to take an holistic approach to the laws governing the private rented sector, and are optimistic that today’s announcement is an acknowledgement of the necessity for this approach.  The creation of a Housing Court would be a huge leap forward for landlords, tenants and agents alike, and have a wholly positive impact on the sector.”

The consultation can be accessed by clicking here

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Bristol City Council declares ‘climate emergency’ and backs total carbon neutrality by 2030

Bristol City Council has declared a “climate emergency” and has unanimously backed a commitment to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.

In the Full Council meeting this week, Green Councillor Carla Denyer put forward the motion to “declare a climate emergency,” and received backing from the full council to making Bristol a carbon-neutral city by 2030.

The local authority will call on the city’s mayor to action this, and wants a report in six months’ time on how the emergency will be dealt with.

The proposals come as a UN report last month said there are only 12 years left to reverse the effects of irreversible climate damage and breakdown.

Bristol’s target is much more ambitious than the UK Government’s target of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050, and indeed Manchester’s who recently announced their target of becoming carbon neutral by 2040.

Councillor Denyer said: “This is a fantastic day for Bristol and I’m delighted the council will be bringing forward its target for carbon neutrality to 2030. We can’t wait for the UN or national governments to negotiate when we have just 12 years to act – we have to show how it’s done and commit to ambitious action at the level of cities, which we did this evening.”

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