Former relevant children who aren’t former relevant children

This is a quick note on a quite important case concerning duties owed to young people who are over 18 and who should have been, but in fact were not, provided with accommodation under s.20, Children Act 1989 prior to their 18th birthday. You may recall in R (M) v Hammersmith LBC [2008] UKHL 14, […]

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One of life's great pleasures is watching a good film with Bill Nighy in it. One of my recent favourites is a film called Page Eight. A housing law blog isn't really the time or the place to review the film (you have the link to imdb if interested), but there is a cracking line […]

Errors, damn errors, and statistics: Ajilore v Hackney LBC

With the Supreme Court set to look at priority need this December, Ajilore v Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 1273 may prove to be a brief footnote in the evolution of the bloated Pereira test. But, at least for the next four weeks, it tells us something about the construction of the ‘ordinary homeless person’ against which, post […]

Monk silenced

Sims v Dacorum Borough Council [2014] UKSC 63 If there is a positive to take from this, it is that it is a Supreme Court judgment that won't take long to discuss. The issue of the rule in Monk that notice by one joint tenant determines the whole tenancy came before the Court, on the […]

Shome mishtake shurely: The RLA discover a defence to s.21

As the second reading of the Teather bill on retaliatory eviction approaches, some Landlord organisations have been in a bit of a tizzy. Notably getting their knickers in a twist are the RLA. They have a campaign page linking to a briefing paper that they have sent to MPs. Remarkably, this briefing paper asserts that retaliatory […]

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Elementary maths for LB Barnet

You will all recall that the Localism Act allowed Councils to grant flexible tenancies, at up to 80% of market rent. Now some councils have dipped their toes in the waters of flexible tenancies (here were my notes on one such policy), and this may well yet come back to haunt them (for possible reasons […]

Human Rights Round-Up Part 1

Tijardovic v Croatia [2014] ECHR 637  (19/6/2014) Mrs T and her family occupied a flat in Split, Croatia, which her father-in-law had held under a specially protected tenancy with the Split Municipality, from 1983 onwards. Between 1985 and his death in 1998, Mrs T's father-in-law resided at another flat in Split. After his death, Mrs […]

Housing Law Conference 2014

  As ever, a number of NL people will be at the HLPA conference, simply the best housing law conference going. So, for anyone who hasn't seen the details, here they are, and hope to see you there. Housing Law Conference 2014 10 December 2014 The Royal College of Surgeons 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London […]

Possession Archives

The extremely slow work of adding downloadable, searchable PDFs of the NL archives continues. In addition to the homelessness archives, there are now PDFs of the possession case posts from 2006 to date on the PDF Archive page. As before, these are unedited, uncorrected and generally as is. Not least because they are free. But […]