Getting Noticed

With NL away on his summer holidays I have picked up the Supreme Court judgement in Edwards v Kumarasamy [2016] UKSC 40 The case of Edwards v Kumarasamy has now seen a final decision from the Supreme Court with the Court overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal in two key areas. Background This […]

Protect My Money

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 is finally here although it will probably not be in force until early 2017. One of the late amendments to the Act finally introduced compulsory client money protection for agency work. This is something that landlord and tenant groups and most professional agent bodies have been seeking for some […]

Something to Declare

Herefordshire Council v Rohde 2016 UKUT 039 (LC) The power for a local authority to make an HMO declaration under s255, Housing Act 2004 is not commonly used. This power arises where a property appears to be an HMO in all respects save that it is not being used solely as an HMO. In that […]

You Didn’t Tell Me or How Ignorance of the Law is no Defence

Thanet DC v Grant LTL 2/11/2015 EXTEMPORE (only on Lawtel) This case deals with a small point relating to HMO licensing and prosecutions. It is only on Lawtel as an extempore judgement but is a pretty clear statement of the law. When making an HMO licensing designation there is a duty under s83 of the […]

Not Bare Licencees

Spielplatz Ltd v Pearson & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 804 It would be easy to make smutty jokes during this post…and be in no doubt that I will do so! However, that should not detract from what is a pretty key decision in the crucial question of whether a property is sufficiently attached to the […]

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

I have been holding off writing this post as I was hoping for the Government to provide more clarification. Despairing of this I have been forced to trawl through the murky world of EU Directives…. The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 were passed near the end of 2014 by the Government. They have […]

Not So Alarming

There are new provisions requiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties. This announcement has had an interesting genesis! The Government announced on 11 March 2015 that it would be utilising powers it had taken to itself to require smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in residential property. However, they did not […]

Lord Justice Lewison and the Return of English

I recently found myself reading and writing about the Court of Appeal judgement in Edwards v Kurasamy (our report here). Doing so made me think about the recent spate of judgements given by Lewison LJ that have touched on the private rental sector. I am thinking here of Spencer v Taylor (which we analysed here), […]

English Tenancy Deposits Are Less Interest-ing

A very brief note to point up the slightly less than earth shattering Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Specified Interest Rate) (Revocation) (England) Order 2015. This comes into force on 4 February 2015 in England only and revokes the equally fascinating Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Specified Interest Rate) Order 2007. The 2007 Order set the interest rate offered […]

Of Penalties and Possession

Charalambous & Anor v Maureen Rosairie Ng & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 1604 The Court of Appeal has again thrown the cat among the tenancy deposit protection pigeons. In Charalambous it had to grapple with the, admittedly fairly rare scenario, of a deposit taken entirely before the tenancy deposit protection schemes came into force where […]