Job Ad – North London

Traymans LLP Housing Solicitor Traymans LLP, 189 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0LH Position:   Housing Solicitor Requirements: 0 to 2 years PQE.  This is a permanent position. We would give consideration to candidates wishing to return to practice after a prolonged period of absence and/or who wish to work part time. Ideally the applicant […]

Cities behaving badly and other bits

A remarkable note on the Community Law Partnership site sets out what may possibly amount to a mass unlawful eviction of secure tenants by Birmingham City Council. Birmingham CC have been using High Court Sheriffs for evicting secure tenants after a possession order. This is often quicker than county court bailiffs and importantly, there is […]

Over egging it.

NJ Rickard Ltd -v- Holloway (CA 03/11/2015) (Lawtel note of extempore judgment only so far) Sometimes winning isn’t enough… A cautionary tale, in all sorts of ways. This was a Court of Appeal hearing on an appeal on costs. The original case was the landlord’s claim for rent arrears of some £6,000 and interest. The […]

Affordability and intentionality – adding it up

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [ 2015 ] EWCA Civ 1051 A second appeal from a s.204 County Court appeal that addressed the council’s decision-making on whether the property from which Ms Samuels had become homeless was affordable (and thus, whether she was intentionally homeless for failing to pay the full rent). There was a […]

Closure, possession and legal representation

Courtesy of Jim Shepherd of Doughty Street Chambers comes this account of a county court appeal of a Ground 7A possession claim, following a closure order. The appeal of the possession order was partly on the basis that the Defendant could not get legal aid in time. Goode v Paradigm Housing , October 2015 The […]

Two Job Ads – South East

Shelter Deputy Legal Services Manager-South (Housing/Public Law Solicitor) £45,520 per annum, plus excellent benefits London EC1 Closing date: Wednesday 11th November 2015 (Midnight) We’re looking for a dynamic housing or public law solicitor with excellent legal skills and experience of successfully managing a legal practice, to join us as South Deputy Legal Services Manager and […]

When is a deposit repaid?

Our thanks to Bahareh Amani-Kholsari of SSP Law for this interesting County Court possession/deposit case. As per s.215(2A), if a deposit was not protected in the required time, no s.21 notice can be served until the deposit has been returned to the tenant (subject to all the Deregulation Act changes…). So when is a deposit returned? […]

Job Ads – E & S London

Housing Solicitor / Case worker Firm: Moss & Co 17 Lower Clapton Road London E5 0NS Position:   Housing Solicitor/Caseworker Requirements:  Applicants must have at least one years experience of Legal Aid Housing work.  This is a permanent position working in our Social Welfare Law Department. The successful applicant will already have experience of defending […]

Job Ad – London

Anthony Gold Solicitors Walworth Road, London SE17 PARALEGAL – HOUSING & PUBLIC LAW Permanent, full-time (35 hrs pw) Paralegal required to join housing & public law department. The team and individuals are highly rated in Chambers and the Legal 500. The role involves assisting solicitors with conduct of housing litigation and includes some administration. Applicants […]

Deposits – the White Book is wrong

The 2015 White Book, (the bible of the Civil Procedure Rules) contains a serious error in the sections on tenancy deposit claims under s.214 Housing Act 2004. It appears that the notes do not correctly deal with the effects of the Localism Act amendments, instead stating a position as if Hashemi and Tiensia still applied. […]