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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 […]

Not quite, Minister

Following the Upper Tribunal judgment in SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) [our report], the DWP has issued a Circular - HB U6/2014 The thing is that it isn't quite right, in some quite important ways. Text and comments below. HB Bulletin U6/2013 provided details […]

Conscious Re-coupling and Succession

In R (Turley) v LB Wandsworth , the Claimant was the partner of the late Mr Doyle, who was the secure tenant of a property at Battersea Park Rd, London, SW8 from 1995 until his death on 17/3/2012. Mr D and Ms T had 4 children together and they lived at the property throughout, apart from a […]

Shared ownership – new guidance

The CML, NHF, HCA, BSA have produced new guidance on handling arrears and possession sales of shared ownership properties (the previous guidance was in 2010 and the contact details provided were out of date).  I am not sure that there is a huge difference between the 2010 and new guidance - the documents are slight […]

Suspending belief

We have dealt with the basic facts in Scott v Southern Pacific Mortgages Ltd [2014] UKSC 52 when considering its previous incarnations (Cooke v Mortgage Business [2012] EWCA Civ 17 and Re North East Property Buyers Ltd [2010] EWHC 2991 (Ch)).  In summary, the basic question for the Supreme Court was this: where a seller has agreed, prior to the […]

Paying it on.

As we head into the holidays and the weather turns cold, it is about the time that we usually make a pointed suggestion. We do what we do on this site for free. No payment is received from any source. (And also Tessa Shepperson rather wonderfully provides free hosting for the site, for which we […]

The elephant in the bedroom

Finally, the long awaited Upper Tribunal decision on room size and the bedroom tax has been released. A copy of the decision can be downloaded here. SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) And the upshot? Well, frankly a bit of a mess. The […]

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

Loveridge v London Borough of Lambeth [2014] UKSC 65 So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be? Under s.27 and s.28 Housing Act 1988, damages fall to be assessed under a valuation exercise, governed - so far as is relevant to this […]

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