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 […]

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 […]

Deposits, leaflets and company landlords

Bali v Manaquel Company Limited, County Court at Central London (HHJ Hand QC), 15th April 2016 (Unreported elsewhere. We’ve seen a note of judgment) This was an appeal of a possession order made against Mr Bali at Lambeth County Court. Mr B was the assured shorthold tenant of Manaquel Company Limited. A deposit was taken […]


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 […]

Corrections, omissions, blusters

Several notes/rantlets* There will be a new prescribed Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession in force from 6 April 2016. The regulations and new form 3 can be found here. This is a prescribed form, so must be used. A ‘where we are now’ story on homelessness involving a certain very central London Council came out […]

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 […]


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. […]