Bedrooms, river beds and more

A few things… In case you didn’t see it through email or social media, I wrote a long piece about social housing in the aftermath of Grenfell Tower, which is on a separate page at that link. In Scotland, the Inner House of the Court of Session heard an appeal from the Upper Tribunal on […]

Job Ads – N London, Central London, National

SSP Law Finchley Housing Solicitor We are a firm specialising in Housing and Property Law established for 13 years with Lexcel accreditation. We pride ourselves in our inclusive and diverse culture and our strong links with the local community. We have an exciting opportunity for a Housing Solicitor. Experience with legal aid is essential. We […]

Making it up as you go.

C, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Islington (2017) EWHC 1288 (Admin) C was accepted for the full housing duty by Islington, with her 3 children, as a result of domestic violence. C is profoundly deaf. She had been living in Southwark, but following the DV, was in refuge in Islington and applied […]

Job ad – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group Legal Officer £36,917 – £40,803 per annum Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We use our understanding of what causes poverty and the impact it has on children’s lives to […]

Service charge disputes and recovery of costs

Bretby Hall Management Company Ltd v Pratt [2017] UKUT 70 (LC) This was an appeal to the UT on various issue arising from an FTT decision. We will not dwell on the issue of specific charges not being consulted on under s.20, but not – as the UT found, overturning the FTT – subject to […]

Job ad – Dundee/Edinburgh

Shelter Solicitor Fixed term contract until 31 March 2018 Dundee or Edinburgh Closing date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 11.30pm We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor or equivalent to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need. If you want to experience housing litigation […]

Homeless duties, human rights and suitability decisions

Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2017] UKSC 36 (For our report of the Court of Appeal decision, see here). For the facts of the case, see the earlier post. In short, Ms Posheth had refused an offer of accommodation in discharge of duty because a round window in the property had reminded her […]

Regrette rien

R (oao Sambotin) v London Borough of Brent (2017) EWHC 1190 (Admin) Once a local authority has made a homeless decision under section 184 Housing Act 1996, can it change its mind? That was the issue in this judicial review. Mr S had applied to Brent as homeless. By a letter of 30 January 2017, […]

Job ads – N London, C London, W London

Hopkin Murray Beskine Vacancy – Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor Hopkin Murray Beskine have a vacancy for a paralegal to assist in our busy housing, public law and/or family team. We are a long established North London firm with clients from across London, who come to us because of our expertise in family, housing and public law. We […]

A bluffers guide to the Homeless Reduction Act 2017

  The Homelessness Reduction Act has now received royal assent. The Act itself is here. There is no date yet for it to come into force – there will need to be statutory guidance produced first – and the current guess is that it is likely to be in 2018.  Of course, what the Act […]