TLATA: The Court’s discretion

In Bagum v Hafiz and Hai [2015] EWCA Civ 801, the Court of Appeal considered, apparently for the first time, the extent of its discretion under section 14, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TLATA”).  The case is a sad and apparently bitter family breakdown case, where the central parties each had a […]

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 […]

Westminster again…

In R(Alemi) v Westminster CC [2015] EWHC 1765 (Admin), which has been widely reported already (eg here; and all over my twitter feed), HHJ Blair QC found that Westminster’s allocation scheme was unlawful in disbarring successful homeless applicants (other than a small group) from bidding for social housing in their first 12 months on the list. […]

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 […]

A tantalizing note

R (Faizi) v Brent LBC (Admin Court, 17.6.15) is only available as a Lawtel note and all may become clear once a transcript is obtained, but it is a very confusing little case. At the risk of overly simplifying , in England, homelessness is governed by Pt.7, Housing Act 1996. Where a person applies for […]

Co-ops again …

Often, I will read a judgment with which I disagree; but it is rare that I read one that I think is just plainly wrong.  The judgment of Hildyard J in  Southward Housing Co-Operative Ltd v Walker and Hay [2015] EWHC 1615 (Ch) falls in to the latter category, made all the more odd that it took […]

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 […]

Grants and service charges

This is a very short note (come on its a Friday afternoon) on the recent Upper Tribunal case Oliver v Sheffield City Council [2015] UKUT 229 (LC), 21 May 2015. This was a case concerning a dispute about the payment of a service charge that arose from works carried out by Sheffield City Council on […]

What’s the Din? The Supremes’ Cut

Haile v Waltham Forest LBC [2015] UKSC 34 is the second of the triptych of cases which are before the UKSC (We have yet to have the outcome of the third one, the eligibility appeals in Samin/Mirga).  The first, Johnson/Hotak/Kanu, as NL wrote, is particularly significant because of its reworking of the vulnerability test, overwriting encrusted […]

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 […]