Monthly Archives: September 2012

Arrears, warrants and abuse of process

A report of a County Court mortgage possession case has reached us, in which the secured lender’s behaviour resulted in a finding of abuse of process. The question was when (an if) an arrears payment had been received.

Blemain Finance Ltd v Andrea Jayne Ridley Darlington County Court 21 June 2012

Ms Ridley was the homeowner, with a mortgage of £44,000 (£39,000 outstanding) from 1999. She took out a further secured loan for £20,000 with Blemain Finance in 2006. She had fallen into arrears on payments and Blemain had obtained a possession order in 2006, then a warrant, which Blemain didn’t enforce on payment of the arrears. When arrears of … Read the full post

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Housing eligibility via a child?

Not sure how this one didn’t make it on to the blog before…

Back in March 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave judgment in Zambrano (C-34/09) [For a report on that judgment, see Read the full post

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Haigh, Squatting is Now Illegal

The Evening Standard is reporting the sentencing of the first person under the new anti-squatting provisions in the LASPO Act.

Alex Haigh received 12 weeks in prison. Unfortunately Mr Haigh appeared to be unaware that squatting was now an offence and admitted to Police that he was a squatter.

I am not going to repeat the various comments we have made about this legislation and its implementation. The most recent post on the topic is here.

I am also not going to comment on the Standard article except to highlight this phrase from the article:

The law was brought in amid a squatting crisis in London as organised eastern

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New Practice Direction for s.204 appeals

The 59th update to the CPR comes into force on October 1, 2012 and, importantly, it brings in a raft of new practice directions for appeals. For we housing lawyers, page 81 of this document sets out the position for s.204 appeals. The appellant should now file proposed directions with the appellants notice. Those should be agreed (or alternatives proposed) within 14 days. Disclosure (in effect, of the housing file) must take place within 14 days of the filing of the appellants notice and the appellant then has a 14 day period to amend his notice.

They kept that change quiet. From memory, this looks pretty similar to something that … Read the full post

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Article 8 and Possession

The ECtHR’s recent decision in Buckland v UK  [Read the full post

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