Sectoral Regulation Without Section 21

One of the interesting potential side effects of removing section 21 from the Private Rented Sector is the damage it might do to landlord regulation. Over time s21 has become a backdoor regulatory tool to help ensure landlord compliance. If the notice is removed altogether will this impact on regulation by removing a useful tool […]

I Hate Those MEESes to Pieces*

Introduction 1st April 2019 saw the introduction of the significantly amended Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for private sector landlords. These provisions have been delayed several times and fudged around a fair bit along the way. These regulations are made pursuant to powers granted by Chapter 2, Energy Act 2011. The regulations were originally made […]

Going off Half Breached

Toms v Ruberry (2019) EWCA Civ 128 This case deals with the lease of a public house. It has passed through a number of different landlords and tenants but the current landlord is Mr Toms and the tenant, Ms Ruberry. The lease contains a range of provisions common to commercial leases, the most important here being […]

Whose jurisdiction is it anyway?

Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC) As many readers will of this blog will be aware we have a number of different courts and tribunals involved in residential property. In some cases, notably leasehold service charges, there is sometimes a need to engage with two of these entities (namely the County […]

You gotta plan

London Borough of Waltham Forest v Khan [2017] UKUT 153 (LC) It has always been generally assumed that local authorities have a fairly limited discretion when granting a licence under a selective licensing scheme created under Part 3, Housing Act 2004. Section 88 of the Act sets out the requirements which focus on the suitability […]

Getting Noticed

With NL away on his summer holidays I have picked up the Supreme Court judgement in Edwards v Kumarasamy [2016] UKSC 40 The case of Edwards v Kumarasamy has now seen a final decision from the Supreme Court with the Court overturning the decision of the Court of Appeal in two key areas. Background This […]

Protect My Money

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 is finally here although it will probably not be in force until early 2017. One of the late amendments to the Act finally introduced compulsory client money protection for agency work. This is something that landlord and tenant groups and most professional agent bodies have been seeking for some […]

Something to Declare

Herefordshire Council v Rohde 2016 UKUT 039 (LC) The power for a local authority to make an HMO declaration under s255, Housing Act 2004 is not commonly used. This power arises where a property appears to be an HMO in all respects save that it is not being used solely as an HMO. In that […]

You Didn’t Tell Me or How Ignorance of the Law is no Defence

Thanet DC v Grant LTL 2/11/2015 EXTEMPORE (only on Lawtel) This case deals with a small point relating to HMO licensing and prosecutions. It is only on Lawtel as an extempore judgement but is a pretty clear statement of the law. When making an HMO licensing designation there is a duty under s83 of the […]

Not Bare Licencees

Spielplatz Ltd v Pearson & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 804 It would be easy to make smutty jokes during this post…and be in no doubt that I will do so! However, that should not detract from what is a pretty key decision in the crucial question of whether a property is sufficiently attached to the […]