The Blog

Making sense of deposits. Nearly.

It started as such a simple idea, the tenancy deposit regulations. But bad drafting and some ‘interesting’ interpretations by the Courts put paid to that. We now have a confusing mess, for both landlords and tenants. So, in a spirit of helpfulness (and to stop people asking me All The Time), here is the NL […]

Of bad banks behaving badly and public bodies

An intriguing mortgage possession County Court case featuring a ‘bad bank’. While the case itself turns on a failure by the bank to obtain relief from sanctions, it features an interesting line of argument that may well be raised again. NRAM plc v X [Name redacted by request]. Central London County Court. 10 July 2015 […]

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Discrimination between death and divorce?

Samawi v Haringey LBC, Claim no: A01EC488, 3 July 2015 Central London County Court Thanks to an Arden Chambers eflash comes news of a County Court case with interesting potential repercussions, albeit probably some way down the line. Mr Samawi was in many respects, a failed second successor. His father had been granted a secure […]

‘It did seem to be expensive’

Gateway (Leeds) Management Ltd v (1) Naghash (2) Shamsizadeh [2015] UKUT 333 (LC) If a head leaseholder, or managing company passes on as a service charge, rent charged by a freeholder for property in order to provide services, does this amount to a variable service charge for the purposes of s.18 Landlord and Tenant Act […]

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Two housing law job ads – the South London edition. Lambeth Law Centre – Senior Solicitor ( full time) Salary £38,307 to £40,807 depending on experience Lambeth Law Centre Law Centre is seeking to appoint a Senior Solicitor to replace the current Senior Solicitor who is leaving the organisation after 7 years. The Law Centre […]

Wherever I lay my hat… Residence tests for allocation policies

HA, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Ealing [2015] EWHC 2375 (Admin) This is, I think, a very significant case for all Councils who have or are considering setting residence requirements in their allocation policies. Like quite a few councils, certainly in London, LB Ealing changed its allocation policies for Part VI […]

IT wasn’t

In Wandsworth LBC v Tompkins [2015] EWCA Civ 846, Wandsworth had purported to grant Mr and Mrs Tompkins an introductory tenancy of a property; only, as the Court of Appeal found, it wasn’t an IT because it couldn’t be.  Mr and Mrs Tompkins had made a homelessness application.  There was some toing and froing on […]

New home

Apologies for any disruption you may have encountered in getting to the site over the last day. We have moved to a new server (again, courtesy of the lovely Tessa Shepperson of Landlordlaw, who very generously provides our hosting for free). The new server should make the site significantly faster and more reliable, particularly for […]

Human Rights Update

Zammit & Attard Cassar v Malta [2015] ECHR 751 This is the latest in the sequence of cases dealing with rent controls and breaches of A1P1 (previous note here). The property in this instance was let under a commercial lease and in 2002, the applicants obtained a report valuing the yearly rent at 7,000 EUR. […]