Righting wrong writs. High Court enforcement.

This has been a bit of an epic. First, the problem of High Court Enforcement Officers using form N293A to obtain writs of possession against tenants was raised by us in November 2015, then the scale of that use became clear by January 2016, and there were updates in February. Now, the coup de grace […]

Su-su-subrogation

Fresca-Judd v Golovina, High Court (QBD) 5 February 2015, Holman J (Not on Bailii, available on lawtel or via notes here and here) Ms Golvina had rented a cottage from Ms Fresca-Judd. The rent was some £2,800 per month. Ms Golvina was away from the cottage over the Christmas period in 2010 and while she […]

High Court enforcement continued

In what has turned into a continuing series, there are further updates on enforcement of possession orders via the High Court, obtaining writs and the scandalous conduct of many High Court Enforcement Officers. (Previous posts here and here) Secretary of State for Defence v Nicholas, High Court (CH Div) (15 January 2016) (copy of Judgment). […]

February is the cruellest month

Monday 1 February 2016 sees the commencement of the ‘Right to Rent’ regulations in all of England. All new private tenancies, sub-tenancies, lodgings, and licences (including property guardians) will be caught if it is the occupant’s main residence. Landlords must check the immigration status of all adults who will be or are occupying the property. […]

A scandal unfolds: High Court enforcement again

Since our previous post on this topic, it has become apparent that there are significant and widespread issues with evictions of tenants by High Court writ, specifically by some High Court Enforcement Officer firms. In our last post, we dealt with the issue of an application for a High Court writ being made in tenant […]

Not far enough on the naughty step?

Along with Ben Reeve Lewis, who as a former Tenancy Relations Officer really knows, we have long had a bee in our various bonnets about fines for illegal eviction levied by the Magistrates Court on prosecutions brought by local authorities. And so to Sead Alimajstorovic, of East Holme, Bordesley Green, Birmingham. Mr Alimajstorovic was the landlord of a […]

Disrepair miscellany: Good, bad and ugly.

Perhaps illustrating the need for the Court of Appeal to deliver the judgment in Moorjani (see preceding post), the December 2015 issue of Legal Action has Beatrice Prevatt’s excellent annual  ‘housing repairs update’.  We have covered many of the cases noted in the update already, but there are some county court cases unreported elsewhere, remarkably […]

Possession claims by trustee in bankruptcy

Garwood v Bolter & Anor (2015) Ch D 18 November 2015 (Not on BAILII. Note of extempore judgment on Lawtel) I’m working off the lawtel note, which in some (many) respects doesn’t entirely make sense. I’ll try to flag the bits where I am ‘interpreting’. This was an appeal arising from a claim for possession […]

On having a petard and being hoist by it

Toogood v McCourt and others Medway County Court, 6 November 2015 Mr Toogood is a landlord of some 200 properties and runs the Student Lettings Agency in Canterbury. The Defendants were the parents (and guarantors) of three students of five who had had tenancies in a house from Mr Toogood. The tenancies were for, I […]

Deposits, dog hairs, doors and defamation

Owens & Anor v Grose & Anor [2015] EWHC 839 (QB) As if tenancy deposits weren’t complicated enough, now we can add libel claims to the consequences of a heated deposit dispute. It turns out that sending potentially libellous accusations to the deposit scheme adjudication service is possibly covered by qualified privilege. Mr & Mrs Grose […]