Curiosities and wonders

When the First Respondent in a possession case is styled “The Sovereign Indigenous Peoples of Scotland” and the second, named, Respondent describes himself as “A Member of the Government of Scotland”, you suspect that you know in advance how things will go. In The Petition of the Scottish Parliamentary Body against (First) The Sovereign Indigenous Peoples of […]

The mystery of the Minister’s many bits

There might be much to mock and/or weep at in the Housing and Planning Bill, but this afternoon reached a degree of the surreal, as the Bill returned to the House of Lords following the Govt vote in the Commons to reject all the Lords amendments. Shelter today released a report showing that, on the […]

Not thinking things through – miscellany

Assorted bits on the theme of acting hastily and not thinking things through… Exhibit 1. The Housing and Planning Bill. This evening, it completed third reading in the House of Lords and heads back to the Commons. While there will no doubt be some ping pong on various Lords amendments, one significant amend was a […]

Misc on taxes – council and bedroom

Some notes on council tax liability and bedroom tax Upper Tribunal cases. Council tax – how do you go about setting aside and/or appealing a council tax liability order? It turns out to be far from straightforward (you might already have known this. I didn’t!). In Okon v London Borough Of Lewisham [2016] EWHC 864 (Ch) […]

Private parts.

Macleod, R (on the application of) v The Governors of the Peabody Trust [2016] EWHC 737 (Admin) Ever since R (Weaver) v London and Quadrant Housing Trust [2010] 1 WLR 363 (our report) there has been an ongoing issue as to whether housing associations (or specific housing associations) were public bodies both for the purposes of […]

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). […]

Find a new place to dwell

Or spousal rights after notice to quit served by joint tenant. Derwent Housing Association Limited v Taylor,  Court of Appeal (Civ Div) 19 January 2016 (unreported as far as I can see, apart from this note by Shoosmiths, for which we are suitably grateful). Derwent HA were Mrs T’s landlord, on a sole assured tenancy. Mrs […]

Promises, promises

A sad county court case that raises questions over the way in which some housing associations approach ground 8 possession claims and evictions. Christian Action (Enfield) Housing Association Ltd v L Walters, Edmonton County Court, 7 December 2015 (Not published, we’ve seen a transcript of judgment). Ms W was CA’s assured tenant. Her rent was […]

Bedroom tax updates

Assorted bedroom tax related items, while we wait for the Supreme Court to hear MA & Ors… In case number CH_2391_2015, the Upper Tribunal has ruled that an annual re-rating of housing benefit entitlement is a fresh decision each time, capable of being appealed. In this case, an appeal of a bedroom tax deduction in […]

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 […]