Not thinking things through – miscellany

Assorted bits on the theme of acting hastily and not thinking things through… Exhibit 1. The Housing and Planning Bill. This evening, it completed third reading in the House of Lords and heads back to the Commons. While there will no doubt be some ping pong on various Lords amendments, one significant amend was a […]

Job Ads – Essex and London

Shelter Solicitor £28,471-£34,296 pa (depending on experience), plus excellent benefits Colchester Closing date: 8 May 2016 (Midnight) We’re looking for an accomplished Solicitor or equivalent to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need in the Essex and South Suffolk Area. If you want to […]

You’ve lost that loving Ealing. (Sorry)

H & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Ealing London Borough Council [2016] EWHC 841 (Admin) Ealing’s allocation policy has already had lawfulness problems, compounded by Ealing’s unlawful refusal to do anything about that unlawfulness. But this judicial review of the policy was on a different basis and confirms a whole fresh ground of […]

Misc on taxes – council and bedroom

Some notes on council tax liability and bedroom tax Upper Tribunal cases. Council tax – how do you go about setting aside and/or appealing a council tax liability order? It turns out to be far from straightforward (you might already have known this. I didn’t!). In Okon v London Borough Of Lewisham [2016] EWHC 864 (Ch) […]

Job ad – central London

Clarke Barnes Solicitors LLP Fourth Floor, 35-39 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AR. Position: Housing Solicitor/ Paralegal Requirements: 1 to 3 years PQE/ experience in housing claims. The candidate would need to have experience in Housing Disrepair Cases and, preferably, Environmental Protection Act proceedings. The candidate would be willing to undertake some advocacy at both County Courts […]

Deposits, leaflets and company landlords

Bali v Manaquel Company Limited, County Court at Central London (HHJ Hand QC), 15th April 2016 (Unreported elsewhere. We’ve seen a note of judgment) This was an appeal of a possession order made against Mr Bali at Lambeth County Court. Mr B was the assured shorthold tenant of Manaquel Company Limited. A deposit was taken […]

Job Ad – West London

Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre Solicitor £30,000 – £32,000 (depending on experience) Closing date 29 April 2016 Benefits include 30 days holiday, the possibility of flexible working and opportunities for development and learning. We are looking for a housing solicitor  who has at least 2 years experience of delivering housing casework and representation under a […]

Private parts.

Macleod, R (on the application of) v The Governors of the Peabody Trust [2016] EWHC 737 (Admin) Ever since R (Weaver) v London and Quadrant Housing Trust [2010] 1 WLR 363 (our report) there has been an ongoing issue as to whether housing associations (or specific housing associations) were public bodies both for the purposes of […]

Job Ad – Essex

Shelter Solicitor £28,471 – £34,296 (depending on experience) Closing Date: 2 May 2016 We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor or equivalent to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need in the Essex and South Suffolk Area. If your experience of housing litigation includes […]

AirBnBreach

The Govt seems very keen on Airbnb-style short term letting. First, the planning change in London to permit short term letting for up to 90 days in any year, then Osborne’s £1000 tax break for Airbnb style landlords in the March 2016 budget. Of course, the up to 90 days a year (in London) rule […]