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Court websites – more confusing changes

Some time ago I did a post about the withdrawal of up to date information and guidance from the CLG website.

Government logosI now find that they have messed around with the Court Service website.  I know it is as a result of administrative changes but it is really annoying.

The Court Service website was very useful.  It had County Court addresses and contact details, court forms and a useful search index which was how I found a helpful notice on tenancy deposit claims (which I discuss here).

Now everything is moved over to the Direct.gov site and the Justice site.  So I no longer know where anything is any more.

The court forms are now on the Justice site here.

However I have not been able to find the court details and addresses.  I can find individual court details by doing a search on the court name in Google, but the court finder service was very useful to me.  If you know where it has gone please leave a message.

Likewise the helpful notice about tenancy deposit claims seems to have disappeared without trace.

However, strangely the enormously helpful and informative Residential Property Tribunal service website is still there.  PLEASE don’t move it!

I do wish that government would stop messing around with public service websites.  It causes huge inconvenience all round as none of our links work any more.  I can remember the same sort of frustration years back when then got rid of the ODPM website.

A message to government.  Can you leave the sites alone now.  Please?

Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking?

The remains of Grumbeg Village, site of one of the Highland clearances

Our regular guest blogger Ben Reeve-Lewis gets out his soapbox, and even peers into his crystal ball … Housing benefit and LHA – what are they thinking? I notice today that after climbing down over prison sentences for knife crime the government is also getting,……well not exactly cold, but definitely chilly feet about housing benefitContinue Reading

The real cost of Government Housing Proposals

Housing benefit is due to be cut for peole unable to get work within 12 months

…..a personal if informed rant! Our regular guest blogger Ben Reeve-Lewis gets on his soapbox. The Conservative / Lib Deb coalition housing benefit plans So the new coalition government is gradually putting a plan together and have turned their eyes on housing benefit reforms. They have made bold and popular statements that appeal to manyContinue Reading

Housing law reform and legal aid

Its always the tenants who suffer

There have been a lot of announcements recently from the government about housing law reform, and what they intend to do in the private rented sector.   Whether any of these proposals will actually come to pass is not certain.  However I (along with many others) am concerned about the approach taken by this government, bothContinue Reading

The corporate way of dealing with complaints

A couple of weeks ago I was concerned as my online bank statement seemed to be showing me as not having any available cash when I knew for a fact that I did. The lady at the bank told me to speak to their online banking customer services department. I duly did this and theyContinue Reading

Dr Ian Gibson MP

Leaving landlord and tenant law to one side for a moment, as a Norwich Citizen, I would like to make a statement in support of Dr Ian Gibson. He is, I know, a hardworking and conscientious constituency MP, who has stood up for what he believed in, and is one of the very few qualifiedContinue Reading

EPCs – a step in the right direction

Reading my Observer today, I came across an article on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which as many of you will be aware, will need to be provided by landlords to prospective new tenants after 1 October. The article however is more than a bit on the negative side, pointing out that landlords have no compulsionContinue Reading



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