Rent Repayment Orders – who is the landlord?

Our grateful thanks to Alasdair McClenahan of Justice for Tenants for a copy of this decision and his notes. Mrs Elanga Longane et al  v Frank Mukahanana and Wealth Harbour Consulting Ltd LON/00AH/HMG/2018/0002 (Copy of decision) This FTT decision on a rent repayment order application raises a couple of interesting issues. First, when is an […]

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Updated section 21 flowchart

I’ve had a go at updating the section 21 validity flow chart. It now incorporates the effect of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (which turned out to be more complicated to do than I thought – I think it works, but constructive criticism welcome), and updates notes on EPCs and gas safety certificates. It will […]

Whose windows are these?

As should be well known, when it comes to landlord’s repairing responsibilities, an awful lot depends on the wording of the tenancy agreement. See for example, Welsh v Greenwich LBC (2001) 33 HLR 40 CA line of cases where a tenancy clause committing the landlord to keep the property ‘in good condition’ or ‘fit to […]

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In the county courts – succession, possession and warrants

Our thanks to the Housing: Recent Developments team in the July/August Legal Action for notes on these two cases. Lambeth LBC v Casey County Court at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, 5 June 2019 Ms C had succeeded to the tenancy of a two bedroom flat. Lambeth brought possession proceedings under grounds 13 (property designed to make it suitable […]

Possession and licensing in Wales

Does failing to be licensed under The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 prevent a landlord from serving any notice seeking possession, or just a section 21 notice? That was the issue in a county court appeal in Evans & Evans v Jarvis, County Court at Swansea, 20 August 2019 (unreported elsewhere, I’ve seen a note of […]

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We need to talk about claims farmers…

This is something I’ve been mulling over for a while, and have sounded off about in conversations, but the ongoing proliferation of housing disrepair claims farmers (and associated solicitors) has pushed me to go public with something of a rant. A justified one, I believe. The reason for the rant is that these set ups […]