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 […]

Vulnerability – a fresh start

Hotak (Appellant) v London Borough of Southwark (Respondent) Kanu (Appellant) v London Borough of Southwark (Respondent) Johnson (Appellant) v Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (Respondent) Crisis & Shelter, EHRC, SS for CLG interveners [2015] UKSC 30 The thing about the Supreme Court is that all those years of accrued, encrusted High Court and Court of Appeal […]

A blind eye to Nelson

A couple of bedroom tax decisions, one Upper Tribunal, one FTT, both of which involve findings for the tenant in the landscape after the Upper Tribunal decision in Nelson (SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) – our report). Given that we appear to be […]

As difficult as pulling teeth

Williamson v Khan. Birmingham County Court. Claim No: 3YS66585 (12 March 2015). Disrepair claims against private landlords are often interesting. Not least because said landlords have a tendency to take ridiculous positions and stick with them to trial, even when represented. This case is a glorious example of that. (A full copy of the judgment […]

HMO corner.

A couple of recent Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) decisions on HMOs under licensing schemes. Urban Lettings (London) Ltd v London Borough Of Haringey [2015] UKUT 104 (LC) What does an ‘appropriate person’ ‘having control of a HMO’ mean in circumstances where not all of the property making up the HMO is demised to one landlord? […]

From ‘pillar to post’

In a judgment of undisguised anger, Cobb J described the conduct of LB Tower Hamlets and LB Havering as “shameful” in the way in which they treated AM and his family.  I haven’t come across Cobb J before but his judgment in AM v Tower Hamlets LBC and Havering LBC [2015] EWHC 1004 (Admin) is just […]

Protocol Problems

Now that the new pre-action protocols are sort of available, and have been in force since 6 April 2015 even when they were not available, people are having a look at them. And coming up with some issues. The new Pre-action Protocol for Possession Claims by Social Landlords, (at page 108 on in this PDF, which […]

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 […]

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 […]