Author Archives: Giles Peaker

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts, and still is Nearly Legal on Google +

Ghopee. Hopeless.

Dunfermline Building Society v Ghana Commercial Finance Ltd & Ors (2014) QBD (Merc) 16 July 2014 [Not on Bailii. Lawtel note of extempore judgment.]

Regular readers will know of our interest in Mr Dharam Ghopee (or Gopee), our very favourite unlawful money lender to vulnerable individuals  at hugely extortionate if unenforceable rates. It appears that as well as skating on extremely thin ice with the Mercantile Court (to the point where all possession cases, by all his companies, are stayed, struck out or set aside), Mr Ghopee has been pursuing other litigation against relatively bona fide lenders (presumably over possession and charges) on behalf of his companies.

And … Read the full post

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‘We told you so’ corner

The DWP has very belatedly issued the interim review of the bedroom tax (under occupation penalty, removal of the spare room subsidy, whatever). The document can be found here, based on a survey for the period to April/Nov 2013.

And the results are… entirely predictable to everyone but the DWP.

Some headlines…

Social landlord rent arrears rose by 16% between April 2013 and November 2013. The report can’t quite bring itself to pin this on the bedroom tax, although noting that this was not a period of the year when arrears have traditionally risen, “it must be emphasised that the cause of this is uncertain and we cannot directly … Read the full post

Posted in assured-tenancy, Benefits, FLW article, Housing law - All, secure-tenancy | Tagged | 10 Comments

Historic Neglect

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Daejan Properties Ltd v Griffin & Anor [2014] UKUT 206 (LC) is not, perhaps, the most riveting of Upper Tribunal appeals on service charges, but it does have some useful statements and reminders along the way.

This concerned a 3 storey Victorian property in Barnet, with shops on the ground floor and 18 flats above it. “Access to the upper floor flats is by a walkway along which runs a parapet wall supported by concealed steel beams.  For very many years the steel beams corroded, unobserved and unrepaired, until in 2008 one of them failed and threatened to tip the parapet into Cricklewood Lane.  Emergency repairs were carried out … Read the full post

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Temporary accommodation at a peppercorn rent

This is a fascinating judicial review case. While the specific facts might only apply to a very few people, there is an interesting principle in it which may have wider application.

R (OAO Yekini) v LB Southwark [2014] EWHC 2096 (Admin)  [Not on Bailii yet. I've got a transcript]

Just to set the scene, Ms Yekini was a Zambrano carer (meaning no immigration leave to remain of her own, but as the carer for a British citizen child , see here).  Ms Y had applied to Southwark as homeless in February 2012 and Southwark had accepted that she was eligible and owed the housing duty. She was placed in … Read the full post

Posted in Homeless, Housing law - All | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Bad reviews and a future of bunk beds

Temur v London Borough of Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 877

This second appeal to the Court of Appeal from a s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal raises three important questions. Unfortunately, the answers to them are rather brief and rather negative. The issues are i) whether a s.202 review of a s.184 decision can come to a finding which is substantially worse for the applicant that the original s.184 decision; ii) whether a review officer should conduct a hazard assessment (Housing Act 2004) when considering whether it is reasonable for an applicant to occupy their accommodation; and iii) how far should a review officer look to the future when considering whether … Read the full post

Posted in Homeless, Housing law - All | 5 Comments

Job Ads

Brent Community Law Centre

1) Housing Solicitor

Fixed Term 2 year contract
Full-time (The Law Centre will however attempt to accommodate part time/job share candidates)
Salary: £32,606 per annum
30 days annual leave + 3 over Xmas/NY + Bank Holidays
Pension scheme

Brent Community Law Centre provides quality legal advice and representation in housing law, and a generalist telephone legal advice line. We have a small but effective Housing team with a varied caseload.

We are seeking to appoint a Housing Solicitor on a 2 year contract, to carry out a range of housing law advice and representation, including public law challenges. The position may result in a permanent post, … Read the full post

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