Rents and Equality. Barnet, again.

It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their  plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest. We previously spent some time on why this was a bloody stupid idea, given the […]

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 […]

Not So Alarming

There are new provisions requiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties. This announcement has had an interesting genesis! The Government announced on 11 March 2015 that it would be utilising powers it had taken to itself to require smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in residential property. However, they did not […]

Selective Licensing Reforms

If the case-law is to be believed, local authorities have a hard enough time introducing selective licensing schemes as it is (see R (Peat) v Hyndburn and R (Regas) v Enfield)). Well, the government has published a draft SI designed to make it even harder. In addition to the existing conditions which have to be […]

Miscellaneous

Assorted things of note. The closing date for applications for the Tower Hamlets Law Centre Housing Solicitor post has been extended to 11 March 2015. Southend have been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in Southend v Amour (our report on the Court of Appeal hearing here). So this is a successful article […]

Ending flexible tenancies – a reminder

We don’t usually (indeed ever) repost previous material on NL. But I’m making an exception for this one, because I think it is timely. Flexible tenancies have been in existence for a while in some boroughs and I would expect that it is round about now that possession proceedings for a fault based grounds (rather […]

Let’s all move to Wales …*

Yesterday, the Welsh Government published the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.  The Bill seeks to implement the Law Commission’s Renting Homes Bill, with some major amendments partly reflecting the devolution settlement (ie what can be done) and partly to update the Bill.  There are also some rather interesting and slightly more subtle alterations in the Welsh […]

Lord Justice Lewison and the Return of English

I recently found myself reading and writing about the Court of Appeal judgement in Edwards v Kurasamy (our report here). Doing so made me think about the recent spate of judgements given by Lewison LJ that have touched on the private rental sector. I am thinking here of Spencer v Taylor (which we analysed here), […]

Proposed changes to S.21

As well as the clauses introducing the retaliatory eviction proposals, the Government’s proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill would make some other changes to s.21. The effects would be: No s.21 notice can be served within the first 4 months of the shorthold tenancy, thus ending the all too widespread practice of serving a s.21 […]

The revenge of retaliatory eviction law

After the Teather ‘revenge eviction’ member’s bill was talked out by a couple of Tory MPs, (Chope and Davis), the question was would the proposals survive in another form before the election. Well today, the DCLG announced the Government’s proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill – just headed to the Lords before Third reading in […]