Job Ads – London and Leeds

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When is a deposit returned? Once more with confusion

Our thanks to Guild of Residential Landlords for this note of a county court possession case. It is a counterpoint to an earlier County Court case on a similar issue, Ahmed v Shah, Bradford County Court. June 2015 (link is to our note). Yeomans v Newell, Canterbury County Court 25 May 2016 An assured tenancy was granted […]

Don’t believe the hype – a subletting site

Purely by coincidence, someone brought a tweet and linked article by @unleasehello to my notice: (Screenshot because now deleted) Here is the linked article on Unlease.io (And screenshot in case of deletion here) Titled “Subletting as a tenant right”, a taste of the article will give any housing lawyer a sense of just how bad it is… […]

Stay of execution and change of circumstances

Hall (Trustee in Bankruptcy of the Estate of Elias Elia) v Elia & Elia. High Court Ch D 10/03/2016 (Not on Bailii – Lawtel note of extempore judgment) The Elias, mother and son, applied for a stay of execution of a possession order. The property was owned by the son who was bankrupt. The possession […]

From the County Courts – deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable ‘Housing: Recent Developments’ in Legal Action for May 2016. Cases involve introductory tenancies, deposits, harassment and illegal eviction. Hammersmith & Fulham LBC v Patterson. County Court at Willesden 16 July 2015 Mr P was granted an introductory tenancy in July 2011. A notice extending the introductory tenancy […]

Job ads – N and SE London

SSP Law Finchley We are a firm specialising in Housing and Property Law established for 12 years and currently have our Lexcel accreditation pending. We pride ourselves in our inclusive and diverse culture and our strong links with the local community. We have two exciting opportunities for a housing solicitor up to 3 years PQE […]

Tin

  Ten years. Ten whole years. That is how long this site has been in existence. Yet still we stagger on, despite bits falling off and the east wing giving way. Variously heralded as ‘irreverent, comprehensive and up to date’ by the Judicial Training Manual and, in court before a judge as ‘an unreliable blog’ (by a […]

Gatekeeping special

This has been quite a week for issues about Local Authorities gatekeeping homeless applications coming to the fore. This post addresses practices and policies of three councils. Eastbourne BC, LB Haringey and Bournemouth BC. Eastbourne BC Eastbourne’s conduct of a homeless application was the subject of this Local Government Ombudsman decision. Quite unusually, the Ombudsman […]

Validity of section 21 notices – a flow chart

[Update 3 pm 03/06/2016 – improved flow chart with added HMO licensing section now at link below] Don’t ask me why, in a moment of idleness, I foolishly thought I would do this, but I did… The validity of section 21 notices (or technically, when one can be served) became simultaneously more complicated and less so […]

And the first shall be last

An accidental chain of tenancies, in which only the very first was left standing. London Borough of Haringey v 1) Hansa Ahmed & 2) Shaheeda Ahmed [2016] EWHC 1257 (Ch) (Not on Bailii yet, we’ve seen the judgment). Three tenancy agreements for the same property, apparently at least partly at the same time, and possession […]