When is a storey not a storey?

The answer appears to be when it is only for access! Bristol City Council v Digs (Bristol) Ltd [2014] EWHC 869 (Admin) We first reported on this case briefly as a decision of the Bristol Magistrates Court. It has now been appealed by way of case stated and so the High Court has produced a […]

The Permissive Notice

Spencer v Taylor [2013] EWCA Civ 1600 This case was flagged recently on the Arden Chambers eflash service. This flash gave some bare bones details and led to much debate on the internal NL email discussion list. However, we now have the vital transcript and so we can give a proper report. [Update 11/12/13 – […]

Partial Regulation Partially Begins

We have previously commented (fairly negatively!) on the plans to introduce compulsory membership of redress schemes for lettings and property management agency work which appeared at the last minute in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. Slightly surprisingly (actually it isn’t, that was a rhetorical device) the government has, instead of producing the consultation […]

Half a Storey is no Storey at All*

News has reached us from RH Environmental of a case in Bristol Magistrates on HMO licensing and the counting of storeys. Unfortunately it is not binding but it is nonetheless interesting. The case involves the licensing status of a two storey maisonette on the first and second floor of a property. There was accordingly (as […]

Do you have a Right to Rent?

The Government has today published the Immigration Bill in the Commons. We have previously commented on this planned bill and we had been hoping that it might be quietly shelved or downgraded. However that appears not to be the case. From our point of view we are only interested in the housing related provisions in […]

Let’s Not Move to Wales…

…says the RLA. Personally I remain convinced that it is a lovely place and we should all move immediately. Why is the RLA less keen you might well ask. Well, the Welsh Government has today published the White Paper I response to the recent updated Renting Homes report produced by the Law Commission (which we […]

How Limited is that Partnership?

Salvesen and Riddell & Anor v. The Lord Advocate (Scotland) [2013] UKSC 22 It is not common for us to cover Scots Law, or Agricultural Law, here. However, both mores are to be broken in the face of an interesting convention decision from the Supreme Court. Facts You will have to bear with me as […]

A Further Deposit From the Court of Appeal

Johnson & Ors v Old [2013] EWCA Civ 415 The Court of Appeal has been turning its mind to another of the odd questions that has sprung from the fertile litigious bosom of tenancy deposit protection. In this case the argument was over the question of rent payable in advance. The Law and The Problem […]

How to Almost Regulate a Profession*

It comes as something of a surprise to many people that there is no formal regulation of lettings agents or any form of structured consumer redress of protection scheme. Apparently, this is something that also bothers our elected representatives, or some of them…a little bit. Some of the aforementioned elected representatives were seeking to use […]

The Welsh Exodus Continues

We have had an ongoing series of posts about moving to Wales and at NL towers we have discussed whether we should be seeking advertising from the Welsh tourism authority! Before that comment causes a deluge of emails from unlikely legal service providers seeking to advertise, that was a joke and we do not accept […]