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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Research into energy efficiency and flats

This is a request for information from social housing providers in England and Wales. Sue Bright (Oxford University) and David Weatherall (Future Climate) are carrying out a survey of social housing providers in relation to their experiences when delivering...

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