Elementary maths for LB Barnet

You will all recall that the Localism Act allowed Councils to grant flexible tenancies, at up to 80% of market rent. Now some councils have dipped their toes in the waters of flexible tenancies (here were my notes on one such policy), and this may well yet come back to haunt them (for possible reasons […]

Housing Law Conference 2014

  As ever, a number of NL people will be at the HLPA conference, simply the best housing law conference going. So, for anyone who hasn't seen the details, here they are, and hope to see you there. Housing Law Conference 2014 10 December 2014 The Royal College of Surgeons 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London […]

Possession Archives

The extremely slow work of adding downloadable, searchable PDFs of the NL archives continues. In addition to the homelessness archives, there are now PDFs of the possession case posts from 2006 to date on the PDF Archive page. As before, these are unedited, uncorrected and generally as is. Not least because they are free. But […]

A return of sanity: Allocation and reasonable preference

Jakimaviciute, R (On the Application Of) v Hammersmith And Fulham London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1438 Eligibility for allocation list, reasonable preference and homelessness. After a run of Court of Appeal housing decisions that might be mildly described as disappointing, it is good to see one that is definitely right, albeit apparently reluctantly given. […]

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Only connect – allocation priority

Just a brief note, partly about Barnet's Allocation policy and partly about the surprising way that things can develop from a blog post. In September 2014, I noted that Barnet's proposed changes to its allocation policy had the effect of excluding domestic violence victims from any priority for social housing, where that had had the […]

Separated families and bedroom tax

Cotton & Ors, R (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Ors [2014] EWHC 3437 (Admin) This was the Liberty backed judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations on the basis that the regulations amounted to an article 8 breach, or an article 14 breach read with article 8, […]

A very unlawful eviction

(Finally) AA v London Borough of Southwark [2014] EWHC 500 (QB) This High Court judgment is remarkable in many ways, most of them worrying. It was the result of a six day hearing, with Southwark putting Kelvin Rutledge QC up against Mr AA in person and ended with findings against Southwark that were as bad as […]

Christopher Chope MP makes a generous offer

The Justice Select Committee heard oral evidence on housing legal aid after LASPO today, 21 October 2014. Representatives from HLPA, Shelter and Garden Court Chambers gave evidence. The recording is here, if the video below doesn't work. In the course of questioning, committee member Christopher Chope, MP for Christchurch, makes the intriguing assertion that every […]