More vulnerability

Rother DC v Freeman-Loach [2018] EWCA Civ 368 is the latest installment on the interpretation of vulnerability for the purposes of homelessness law, with a sting in the tail about s 204A appeals.  Mr Freeman-Loach suffered from ostoarthritis, anxiety and depression, and, following a couple of strokes (the last in 2013), a speech impediment and […]

Possession and section 11, Children Act 2004

In Davies v Hertfordshire CC [2018] EWCA Civ 379, the Court of Appeal addressed the question of the relevance of s 11, Children Act 2004 on a mandatory possession claim brought by Herts against Mr Davies, a former school caretaker living in tied accommodation with his wife and four children.  Herts claimed mandatory possession on service […]

Promises, promises: Estoppel in the West Country

As we University academics are currently on strike (pension cuts – see today’s report and this Guardian article), I can catch up on a little blogging as a form of “teaching out”.  While Bristol Combined Court was flooded, HHJ Matthews, an academic judge, heard and gave judgment (at the Rolls Building) in two proprietary estoppel […]

Beach huts: chattels, leases, estoppel

Gilpin and ors v Legg [2017] EWHC 3220 (Ch) is a gift (at least to land law examiners) that is going to keep on giving.  This is not just because of the claims discussed – whether beach huts were fixtures or chattels, whether a lease had been granted to the owners of the huts, whether […]

Re-classifying housing associations

Slightly under the radar (possibly), but of enormous significance, the ONS has re-classified housing associations (or private registered providers of social housing – in the new language which I can’t get used to) as private sector, and in so doing has wiped around £60billion off the public sector debt.  It is this re-classification which has given […]

Almshouses, tenancies and Article 14

This post is my Christmas gift to land law students everywhere in the UK.  It is a discussion of the very important Court of Appeal decision in Watts v Stewart [2016] EWCA Civ 1247, which concerned whether charitable providers of accommodation (in this case, almshouses, but, in principle, the issue in the case is broader) are exceptions to […]

Second (non-) succession

In Holley v Hillingdon LBC [2016] EWCA Civ 1052, Mr Holley was seeking to challenge the council’s decision to evict him and his brother from a three bedroom property that could sleep up to six persons, in which Mr Holley had lived for 32 years of his life and where he was suffering from a range of mental […]

A non-binary outcome

This is a cautionary tale for DJs and DDJs hearing Equality Act defences.  In Birmingham CC v Stephenson [2016] EWCA Civ 1029 (not on Baili yet, but we have seen a transcript), the Court of Appeal considered whether a possession order granted in respect of an introductory tenancy was wrongly granted where an Akerman-Livingstone Equality Act style defence […]

The mechanics of proprietary estoppel

What is the difference between, on the one hand, Yeoman’s Row Management Ltd v Cobbe [2008] UKHL 55 and, on the other hand, Thorner v Majors [2009] UKHL 18?  The standard answer is that Cobbe involved commercial parties who, well, ought to have known better than to rely on an incomplete agreement (no unconscionability), whereas, in Thorner, we were […]

Right to reside – Carry on as before?

Following hard on the heels of J’s excellent post on the Immigration Bill, we now have further discussion of the EU right to reside rules by the CJEU in Jobcenter Berlin Neukolln v Alimanovic  Case C-67/14 (to which I might say, good luck landlords).  To say that the EU right to reside rules are politically contested […]