Deposits, penalties and discretions

Okadigbo & Anor v Chan & Anor [ref year=”2014″] EWHC 4729 (QB) When awarding a penalty for breach of the Section 213 Housing Act 204 requirements for tenancy deposits, the court has a discretion over the amount of penalty under section 214 “(4)     The court must . . . order the landlord to pay to the applicant a […]

Job ad

Viridian Housing: Housing solicitor Salary: £45,000 to £55,000 depending on experience Location: Clapham Contract: Permanent Working Pattern: Full Time Hours: 35.00 per week DBS Check:  Yes Closing Date: 05/05/2015 at 23:55 PM Reference: Ops/15/7574 Vacancy Description About Us Viridian Housing is an award-winning provider of affordable housing in the UK with over 16,000 homes in London, the Midlands and West Sussex. We […]

Well I wouldn’t start from here*

Davis Solicitors LLP v Raja & Anor [2015] EWHC 519 (QB) A cautionary tale on how, when things go badly wrong, it is, by and large, better not to take active steps to make them worse. Davis Solicitors LLP (a sole practitioner practice run by Nancy Ballard, who appeared for the claimant) had acted for […]

Mystery Pre Action Protocols

There are new pre-action protocols in force from today, 6 April 2015, including the following: The Pre-Action Protocol for Judicial Review The Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Disrepair Cases The Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Claims by Social Landlords The Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Claims Based on Mortgage or Home Purchase Plan Arrears in Respect of Residential […]

Tenancy deposits – where we are now?

With the relevant parts of the Deregulation Act 2015 having come into force on 26 March 2015, time for a quick outline of what the changes mean for deposit protection and section 21 notices. Deposit taken pre 6 April 2007 which became statutory periodic after April 2007. Superstrike [our note] found that any pre 2007 […]

No duty of care in allocation decisions

Darby (administratrix of the estate of Lee Rabbetts deceased) v Richmond Upon Thames LBC [2015] EWHC 909 (QB) [Not on Bailii, we’ve seen the judgment]. Can a council’s failure to carry out its responsibilities under its allocation scheme be the subject of a claim in breach of duty of care? This was the hearing of […]

Care orders and accommodation pending appeal

Our post on Nzolameso v City of Westminster [2015] UKSC 22 is here, but behind the headlines of the judgment (and it is a good judgment) is a whole history, even between the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court hearings. R(N) v Westminster City Council [2015] EWHC 799 (Admin) (26 February 2015) [Not on Bailii, we’ve […]

Job Ad

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust Senior Casework Manager An exciting new opportunity in advice work has arrived! We are now recruiting for a Senior Casework Manager to lead our casework team. Responsible to: Chief Executive Officer Hours of work: Full time, 35 hours week Salary :  £30,000 – £32,000 per annum Holidays: 28 days including bank holidays […]

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 […]

No comment

Bounce message received for one of our email updates. I think it was this one (in which I tried so hard not to swear, but may have said damn. Also I mentioned Grayling). “Message blocked due to profanity content. Working with others we are improving quality of life in North East Derbyshire, ensuring it is a […]