ECtHR and Social Housing-Two Recent Judgements

Happi v France 9/4/15 (judgement in French only) Mr H lives with his family in unsatisfactory and hazardous accommodation in Paris. On 28/12/10, Paris’ Administrative Court ordered the Ile-de-France authority to provide the family with urgent accommodation. This was followed by a further decision on 31/1/12 ordering the authority to pay a fine and to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 [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 sum […]

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 […]

On the Road Again

With remarkable speed, the Supreme Court has handed down its judgement in Nzolameso v Westminster City Council , having announced immediately after the hearing on 17/3/2015 that the appeal would be allowed, with reasons to follow. The facts of the case can be found in our earlier post on the Court of Appeal judgement (although, oddly, there is […]