How late it was, how late

Khuja v Chowdhury [2015] EW Misc B18 (CC) A County Court deposit protection case, and an illustration of some of the ways in which landlords still haven’t figured out how the deposit rules work. Ms C was the assured shorthold tenant of Mr K, allegedly a ‘major landlord in Oxford’. The tenancy started on 7 […]

Go away!

Johnston v City of Westminster [2015] EWCA Civ 554 A curious case on the effect of a s.198 Housing Act 1996 referral of a homeless applicant to another Authority. Mr Johnston had applied to Westminster as homeless in 2011.”For 7 years from 2004 until 2011 he lived in Eastbourne. In early 2011 he had to […]

Job Ads

Two job ads Greenwich Housing Rights – Housing Adviser (21 hours per week) Greenwich Housing Rights seeks a housing specialist to join our busy team of caseworkers and solicitors.  The successful candidate will be involved in delivering a range of advice and casework services, including our emergency representation services at Bromley and Woolwich County Court.  […]

An inconvenient problem

This is not a usual blog post. I was asked to do an analysis of the proposed £23,000 pa benefit cap, its impact on housing, homelessness and the legal position, with a focus on London, for use elsewhere and for a purpose which shall remain nameless. But I feel this needs wider sharing. I analysed […]

Dear Occupier

For reasons that will become clear in this post, rentcharges are a bit of a legal oddity. It has been a new realm for me, but I was intrigued by this case, and wiser members of the NL collective have held my hand as I headed down this particular rabbit hole. As a result, this […]


A couple of bits of news. In April 2015, Hackney Council brought in a Public Spaces Protection Order (under Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) which, amongst other things criminalised rough sleeping in some parts of the borough. Allegedly this was part of a plan “to tackle persistent anti-social behaviour that is concentrated in specific areas […]

Two job ads

A Lambeth special this time – two jobs in the area. Brixton Advice Centre (London) Principal Solicitor – Housing Hours: Full-time (part-time considered) Salary: 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 […]

Housing and immigration. Bombshells and bombast

In a speech timed to hide the release of the latest figures on net migration, the Prime Minister made an assortment of announcements on forthcoming policies. The part that concern us here, went as follows: There are other ways we can identify those who shouldn’t be here, for example through housing. For the first time […]

Two Job Ads

Two job ads Lester Morrill Solicitors Assistant Solicitor, 2-4 PQE, with expertise in Housing Law to conduct a mixed caseload of Legal Aid and privately funded work within the firm’s Social Welfare Law department. Caseload includes work on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. Experience of Public Law and Community Care Law desirable. Apply with […]

A home without a household

With thanks to Joe Halewood, comes news of this very interesting First Tier Tribunal bedroom tax appeal. In MR v North Tyneside Council and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Housing and council tax benefits : other) [2015] UKUT 34 (AAC) [Our report], we saw the Upper Tribunal accept the DWP argument on the position of […]