A Straightforward Guide to Housing Rights
Housing rights in the United kingdom are very complex and can be confusing to most who encounter problems or just want to know more. The housing structure in this country is complicated to say the least The last twenty years have seen dramatic changes, with the freeing of the private sector, the problems with the supply of council stock and the advent of home ownership and housing associations in the overall provision of housing. Home ownership is once again the subject of fierce debate given the markets propensity to go through boom and bust cycles. At this particular point in time the outlook looks very uncertain as prices have reached a peak, rendering home ownership unaffordable to many people, in particular first time buyers. There are many areas of housing and most people are affected by one or more of these areas. Whether a person rents privately, lives on a houseboat or mobile home, owns a freehold house or a leasehold flat, all of us are affected. This book attempts to explain the many and varied tenure types, with the following areas being covered in detail: a history of housing provision; differing rights of private and public tenants; access to public housing stock; owner occupation; rights of owner occupiers; houses in multi-occupation; mobile homes; housing benefits and other benefits; housing advice centres. The author, Roger Sproston BA MSc is an experienced housing practitioner and a ]Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He acts as an independednt consultant to all sectors.
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