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Not quite, Minister

Following the Upper Tribunal judgment in SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) [our report], the DWP has issued a Circular - HB U6/2014 The thing is that it isn't quite right, in some quite important ways. Text and comments below. HB Bulletin U6/2013 provided details […]

Paying it on.

As we head into the holidays and the weather turns cold, it is about the time that we usually make a pointed suggestion. We do what we do on this site for free. No payment is received from any source. (And also Tessa Shepperson rather wonderfully provides free hosting for the site, for which we […]

The elephant in the bedroom

Finally, the long awaited Upper Tribunal decision on room size and the bedroom tax has been released. A copy of the decision can be downloaded here. SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) And the upshot? Well, frankly a bit of a mess. The […]

How much?! Damages for unlawfully evicted secure tenants

Loveridge v London Borough of Lambeth [2014] UKSC 65 So, if a local authority unlawfully evicts a secure tenant (and yes, it happens) what should the measure of damages be? Under s.27 and s.28 Housing Act 1988, damages fall to be assessed under a valuation exercise, governed - so far as is relevant to this […]

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Southwark: Not appealing

It is not unknown for losing parties in a case to not be happy, indeed very upset. There are two basic options. To shut up and put up with it, or appeal. Rather unusually, faced with one of the most coruscating High Court judgments I can recall, in AA V LB Southwark [our report here], […]

Monk silenced

Sims v Dacorum Borough Council [2014] UKSC 63 If there is a positive to take from this, it is that it is a Supreme Court judgment that won't take long to discuss. The issue of the rule in Monk that notice by one joint tenant determines the whole tenancy came before the Court, on the […]

Shome mishtake shurely: The RLA discover a defence to s.21

[Update 26/11/204. Rather gloriously and hilariously rudely, the RLA have replied. Their response and an explanation of why they are shooting themselves in the foot is now at the end of this post] As the second reading of the Teather bill on retaliatory eviction approaches, some Landlord organisations have been in a bit of a […]

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