From the County Courts – deposits, evictions and introductory tenancies

Some county court cases reported in the indispensable ‘Housing: Recent Developments’ in Legal Action for May 2016. Cases involve introductory tenancies, deposits, harassment and illegal eviction. Hammersmith & Fulham LBC v Patterson. County Court at Willesden 16 July 2015 Mr P was granted an introductory tenancy in July 2011. A notice extending the introductory tenancy […]

Validity of section 21 notices – a flow chart

[Update 3 pm 03/06/2016 – improved flow chart with added HMO licensing section now at link below] Don’t ask me why, in a moment of idleness, I foolishly thought I would do this, but I did… The validity of section 21 notices (or technically, when one can be served) became simultaneously more complicated and less so […]

And the first shall be last

An accidental chain of tenancies, in which only the very first was left standing. London Borough of Haringey v 1) Hansa Ahmed & 2) Shaheeda Ahmed [2016] EWHC 1257 (Ch) (Not on Bailii yet, we’ve seen the judgment). Three tenancy agreements for the same property, apparently at least partly at the same time, and possession […]

PCOL and Introductory Tenancies

An interesting county court appeal of a possession order – can PCOL be used for a possession claim for an Introductory Tenancy? Crosby v Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, 8 March 2016 Ms C was an Introductory tenant of Birmingham. She built up rent arrears. Birmingham served notice under s.128 Housing Act 1996. Ms […]

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 […]

Tis aw a muddle – costs edition

Morales v Enver (2016) QBD (Irwin J) 28/04/2016 (Not on Bailli – note of judgment on Lawtel) Another case to file under ‘things not to do’. Mr M had brought injunction for re-entry proceedings against a landlord and agents. Mr M was the tenant of a flat owned by the landlord. He stayed on after the end […]

AirBnBreach

The Govt seems very keen on Airbnb-style short term letting. First, the planning change in London to permit short term letting for up to 90 days in any year, then Osborne’s £1000 tax break for Airbnb style landlords in the March 2016 budget. Of course, the up to 90 days a year (in London) rule […]

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 […]

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 […]