Monthly Archives: May 2011

Not going quietly…

Or round 3 of Ms Pritchard’s refusal to give up her former property to the ‘We buy your right to buy home’ firm that had obtained possession.

Fineland Investments Limited v Pritchard (2011) Ch D 17/05/2011 [Note on Lawtel, unreported elsewhere]

Readers may recall the possession judgment, and the multi stranded (and multi partied) appeal of the without notice warrant of eviction, in both of which Ms P was unsuccessful. After having been evicted and failed in her application for re-entry, it appears that Ms P was not going to accept that as a conclusion. She, her son and two others had allegedly gained access to the property … Read the full post

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Ain’t nobody here but…

Windsor and District Housing Association v Hewitt (2011) CA (Civ Div) 19/05/2011 [On Lawtel and in a note from Tanfield Chambers.]

Not chicken related, thankfully. This was the Court of Appeal hearing of Windsor & District’s appeal from the refusal of the first instance Judge to grant a possession order under ground 17 Schedule 2 Housing Act 1988.

Ms Hewitt was an assured tenant of Windsor’s, in a one bed flat. She applied for a transfer to a two bed property, stating in her application that she needed a two-bedroom flat on medical grounds so that her son, who was her carer, could live with her. She was offered … Read the full post

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Cleaning Up

You may recall, almost two years ago now, we reported on the case of Defence Estates v L [2009] EWHC 1049 (Admin), under the title “Something of a mess”. The title was a reference to a comment of Collins J during the course of discussions after his judgment that three House of Lords’ decisions (Qazi, Kay & Doherty) had “left the law frankly in something of a mess”. This comment was subsequently picked up Lord Neuberger in his keynote address to SHLA’s annual conference in 2009. It was Lord Neuberger who then attempted to clean up some of the mess when giving the judgment of the … Read the full post

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You win some, you lose some

Oxford City Council v Bull [2011] EWCA Civ 609

In which the Court of Appeal had to consider whether the homeless applicant had made himself intentionally homeless and whether he was in priority need.

Mr Bull separated from his wife in June 2009 and left the home, where she was a secure tenant of the local authority, and moved into a room in a shared house. After a couple of months their three children moved in with him into the shared house. Mr Bull’s landlord then gave him notice to quit. Upon an an application to Oxford as homeless, he and the children were given temporary accommodation. Oxford subsequently issued … Read the full post

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Human Rights at Home

Cover pictureThe EHRC has released guidance for social housing providers on the relevance of human rights to social housing provision and managment and on how to comply. The guidance can be downloaded here [link to pdf]… Read the full post

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Assuredly not an AST

Jasbir Kaur Kahlon v Andrew Isherwood [2011] EWCA Civ 602 (on Lawtel but not on BAILII yet)
UPDATE: Transcript now available on BAILII

Schedule 2A of the Housing Act 1988 was inserted by the Housing Act 1996 and supports s19A which was inserted by the same Act. S19A basically acts to make the AST the default tenancy under the Act while Schedule 2A lists a series of exceptions to the default position. Most crucially, for this case is the exception in paragraph 7 which states that a tenancy which was previously an Assured tenancy cannot be regranted as an AST unless a notice in a prescribed form had been served.… Read the full post

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