A couple of quick notes from the HLPA meeting this evening.
Aweys v Birmingham is listed for the Lords next week (homeless at home and allocation policy differences in priority between homeless at home and those with no accommodation available, as if you didn’t already know).
There were mentions of a handful of post-Doherty public law defence cases that have settled, although terms weren’t detailed. While we wait for Bedfordshire CC v Taylor and others (former subtenants) and McGlynn v Welwyn & Hatfield DC (non secure tenancy) in the Court of Appeal, which will be a couple of months for the latter and who knows when for the former, anecdotal evidence of settling is interesting. I’m not wholly surprised. Settling actually makes sense for the ‘landlord’ when the defence is even vaguely plausible so that the alternatives are either the risk of losing and having an occupier (not tenant) who can only be got out when it is reasonable to do so, or, more likely, adjournment pending current Court of Appeal and then maybe possible Lords appeals.
That said, there was also a mention of a failed case, so, in the post-Doherty confusion, one takes one’s chances. No mention of LB Hillingdon v Collins in the High Court, though, as a post-Doherty decision.