Flexible tenancies: the High Court will decide

We have noted before the problem with how you terminate a flexible tenancy (see here) and the arguments about how the law of forfeiture applies. Despite there being several thousand of these tenancies in England, the forfeiture problem has yet to receive consideration by a higher court. That is about to change. HHJ Bailey (Central […]

Cladding and the private sector: a good first step

There have been rumours of this for a while now, but in the last few mins (9.5.19, 8.30am) the government has announced that it will make public funds available to help fund private sector cladding remediation works. The details (such as they are) are here. A few immediate thoughts: 1) This is very, very welcome. […]

Wearing different hats

Pandongate House Management Co Ltd v Barton, High Ct (Newcastle District Registry), January 2019 (with thanks to Alice Richardson for a copy of the judgment) Lessee-owned companies are now pretty common. They generally come about in one of three ways. The first (and generally best) is as freehold owner of a block of flats (usually […]

Who needs rules?

Part 2, Housing and Planning Act 2016 (banning orders, rogue landlord database etc) came into force in April 2018. In very general terms, it created various new jurisdictions for the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), e.g. a local authority applied to the FTT (PC) for a banning order; challenges to fixed penalty notices go to […]

Advocate and expert – asking for trouble

Non-domestic rating is not something we usually cover on this blog. It is, after all, not about housing. But the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Gardiner & Theobold LLP v Jackson (Valuation Officer) [2018] UKUT 253 (LC) goes much wider. At the risk of gross oversimplification, commerical occupiers of property have to […]

An air of unreality

Whilst winding my way home this evening, I chanced across a piece from Inside Housing in which is was reported that the Secretary of State, (Sajid Javid) had suggested that private freeholders should pick up the costs associated with fire-safety works and not recharge them to leaseholders. More remarkably, he is reported as saying that […]

Job Ads – London

Shepherds Bush Housing Association A community focused housing association, SBHA strives to be recognised as the best in London for our homes and services. We’ve embarked on an exciting journey of transformational change and as part of this, we are improving how we deliver services to residents on our mixed schemes.  We are recruiting a Housing […]

Waiting for DCLG

During an exchange about the speech by the Secretary of State yesterday (more on that later I suspect – I’d quite like to do a conference round-up piece), it occured to me that there are an awful lot of actual housing law consultations that haven’t had a response yet. I just wanted to pull them […]

Lionel Richie and housing law

It was the Nat Fed conference last week and I know many of our readers were there taking in the sights and experiences and nabbing free pens/drinks. I’ve never really enjoyed it. Not enough law for me. I’m also deeply sceptical of the Nat Fed after its (shameful) role in helping create a fig-leaf for […]

An uncaring indifference to wrong and right

Behind every homelessness statistic sits a story – or, more accurately – 88410* stories. Stories of people fleeing violence or abusive relationships. Stories of people struggling with ill-health and addictions. Stories of care leavers being left to struggle thorough. And, increasingly, stories of people who just can’t afford the rent.** Some – the “lucky” or […]