Discretionary Housing Payments – the trouble with DLA.

Hardy, R (on the application of) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2015] EWHC 890 Oh, we have been waiting for this one. According to DWP survey evidence, some 75% of Councils take Disability Living Allowance into account as income when deciding on an award of Discretionary Housing Payments. This judicial review concerned Sandwell Council’s policy […]

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Disability discrimination goes to full trial

Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd [2015] UKSC 15 When the Court of Appeal held that a disability discrimination defence to possession under Equality Act 2010 had to face the same ‘seriously arguable’ summary test as an Article 8 defence, we were surprised, and very unimpressed. It seems the Supreme Court felt similarly (and unanimously), although sadly […]

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Mayflower Solicitors (Birmingham) Housing Lawyer/Caseworker with experience in all aspects of Landlord and Tenant (Housing) Litigation. This is a position for self motivated individual able to assist with the development and expansion of our Housing Team. We welcome interest from lawyers – Solicitors/Barrister/CILEx and varying levels of experience and qualification. Closing date: 31/04/2015 Salary Negotiable – […]

Regulations and damn regulations.

Two quite different sets of secondary legislation. First: there is a new prescribed form for section 6(2), section 8 and section 13(2) notices for assured (including shorthold) tenancies from 6 April 2015. The regulations are here and the prescribed forms are in the schedules.  Section 6(2) is terms for a periodic tenancy. Section 8, of […]

Relief from sanctions for not turning up?

In Home Group v Matrejek [2015] EWHC 441 (QB), the High Court has applied Rule 3.9 of the Civil Procedure Rules and the guidance on applications for relief from sanctions in Denton v TH White Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 906 (our note here) to a possession claim based on nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Ms M […]

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Steel and Shamash Public Law Paralegal – urgently required – Our team is an established and thriving department, with Chambers & Partners ranking, who undertake a range of mainly public law work with particular emphasis in the areas of housing, community care and mental health. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing administrative support to the team including drafting documents, preparing […]

Job Ads

Two job ads – it seems to be a busy time out there! Caveat Solicitors Housing Solicitor/Caseworker Salary: Depending on Experience Full Time (but will consider P/T 3 days a week) We have four offices in London and hold Housing, Family and Immigration/Asylum contracts with the LAA. We require an experienced Housing Solicitor/ Caseworker to […]

Rising Damp

There is reason for Rigsby to look worried in Uddin & Anor v LB Islington (2015) CA Civ Div 10/03/2015 [Lawtel note only so far.] This was Islington’s appeal of a first instance decision awarding the tenants damages for breach of repairing obligations. The property was a maisonette on the basement and ground floors of a […]

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Two job ads. Brixton Advice Centre Principal Solicitor – Housing Full Time (but will consider P/T 3 days a week) Up to £37, 330 (incl ILW) depending on experience The post attracts 30 days annual leave a year plus bank holidays. We are seeking an experienced housing solicitor with at least 3 years PQE and […]