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Of online courts and unified enforcement

Lord Justice Briggs’ final Review of the Civil Court Structure has been published. The main part of the report is of course the proposals for the new ‘online court’ – a costs free and litigant in person form of tribunal, heavily aimed at forms of ADR. The news for housing is that there is now […]

Job Ads – Yorkshire & London

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Facing the Facts

R (on the application of Hoyte) v London Borough of Southwark [2016] EWHC 1665 Admin is a useful decision of the High Court on the subject of repeat homelessness applications. Ms Hoyte is a 58 year old woman with a history of mental health problems and a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, who had been […]

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 […]

Wrong warrants? Issues in N325 compliance

This is a guest post by Jonathan Holt of Garden Court North Chambers. GCN’s Jonathan Holt sets out below the background and detail to the recent emergence of a potential argument employable by those facing a warrant for possession, whether it be as the result of rent arrears or a failure to make mortgage payments. Background […]

(Not) Normal service

Yes, I know we are a bit behind. For example, Willow Court Management Company (1985) Ltd v Alexander [2016] UKUT 290 (LC) on FTT Rule 13 costs, Hoyte, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Southwark [2016] EWHC 1665 (Admin)  on intervening events and fresh homeless applications and Huda v The London Borough of Redbridge [2016] […]

Job Ads – Manchester & London

Solicitor £28,756-£34,639 pa (depending on experience), plus excellent benefits Manchester Closing date: 24 July 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 Manchester. If you want to experience housing litigation at the cutting […]

Conditions of repentance – SPOs

City West Housing Trust v Massey [2016] EWCA Civ 704 When considering a suspended possession order, how should the judge exercise their discretion where the tenant’s evidence has been disbelieved, in whole or part? And should an SPO impose conditions which set responsibilities on the landlord? These were the questions addressed by the court of […]

Job Ads – London North and South

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

Rent increases and rent lawfully due

This is a guest post by Prof. Ian Loveland of Arden Chambers, first published in Legal Action June 2016, and gratefully posted here with permission. A few years ago now, I was instructed by Luton Law Centre in a series of possession cases brought by BPHA (a housing association) in Luton and Bedford County Courts. The […]