Three of a kind beats two of a pair

Arnold v Britton [2012] EWHC 2451(Ch) is the third holiday chalet / service charge case we've covered in short order (the other two are here and here). Coincidence or evidence of a growth area of work I wonder? Anyway, back to the case. The issue was whether or not the lease provided for the payment […]

The anachronistic roundabout

An odd appeal on an adverse possession case, of no legal interest per se, but entertaining on the facts. Devanney v LB Hounslow [2012] EWCA Civ 1660 [not on baili yet. Transcript on lawtel] Mr D operated a mobile cafe from a layby on the edge of Heathrow Airport. He had done so for a number […]

This seems to be taking a while

Back in May 2010, we covered the case of Philips v Francis (QBD, Truro District Registry) on whether or not holiday chalets let on long leases were "dwellings" within the meaning of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, and, hence, the service charges payable by owners of the chalets were subject to terms of the […]

Post-Christmas lull

Those few days between Christmas and New Year were always quite a lot of fun in our household. You'd finally have the time to catch up on the excellent Christmas TV (i.e. you could watch the hours and hours of stuff you'd recorded on your video player). There was still quite a lot of treat-food […]

Of elves, statistics and the turn of the year

In the slow, dark days between Christmas and New Year, it is customary to reflect on the past year, plucking out whatever crumbs of comfort, or acorns of change may be found. So, in the spirit of grudging introspection, I've taken a look at the last year of the blog. Painful though it is to […]

Request for information

[Updated 20/12/12. See below] There is a rather odd case note on Lawtel on a High Court appeal of a dismissed defence to possession following an apparently failed succession... Evans v Brent London Borough Council QB (Ramsey J) 18/12/2012 [note of extempore judgment on Lawtel] From the note it appears that Ms Evans was the […]

I think someone has got a little confused

According to this article, the Residential Landlords Association are up in arms about the European Court of Human Rights being about to rule on article 8 defences in a case affecting private land owners. Richard Jones, the RLA policy director (and a solicitor who some might think should really know better) is quoted as saying: […]

Tis the season…

As you all know, the assorted (very assorted) lawyers that make up the NL team do this for the love of it (though heaven knows it is a demanding relationship at times). We’re glad that we can produce something that people find useful but mostly we just enjoy writing about housing law. At about this […]

ASB and Possession

Birmingham CC v Ashton is a case which illustrates the difficulty that judges face when they are invited to make possession orders on the grounds of nuisance and anti-social behaviour against tenants with mental health problems. The Council relied on four incidents of ASB between 2004 and 2010, three of which involved Mr Ashton's next-door […]

Cold and wet… Disrepair quantum

Courtesy of Beatrice Prevatt's disrepair update in the December 2012 Legal Action, here are a couple of County Court disrepair cases. Both proving the general rule which we have previously noted, that it is only the least competent of private landlords that let disrepair claims get to trial these days. Woolf v North London Homes […]