Universal Credit – here comes the homelessness

Social landlords have been panicking about Universal Credit for a bit, particularly those with experience in the pilot areas. But private landlords have been panicking too, and their panic takes a rather blunter and more immediately brutal form. GAP Property, a large landlord in the Grimsby area, has been staring at the introduction of Universal […]

Job Ad – Norwich

Shelter Paralegal – Entry Level £18,900 – £19,867 per annum (pro rata, 18.75 hours per week) plus excellent benefits Fixed term contract until August 2018 Norwich Closing date: 19 November 2017 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for a well-organised individual with a keen interest in law, and possibly some relevant legal experience, to join us […]

Deposits, Lies and Unlawful Evictions

Zeeshan v Mahmood, County Court at Manchester, 27 October 2017. (Our grateful thanks to Amy Tagoe of Stephensons Solicitors for the following note of this unlawful eviction case) The Claimants were the tenants of a property owned by the Defendant by way of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 18th September 2012.  A deposit was paid in […]

How long has this been going on? – settled accommodation

Doka v London Borough of Southwark [2017] EWCA Civ 1532 The issue in this second appeal was what amounts to ‘settled accommodation’, sufficient to break the chain of causation of intentional homelessness. Mr D was homeless and in priority need. However, Southwark found he was intentionally homeless on the basis that his last settled accommodation […]

Job Ad – Islington

Islington Law Centre Head of Legal Practice The Law Centre is delighted to be seeking to appoint to a new post, the Head of Legal Practice.  The post holder will be an experienced practitioner, and will play a key role in developing our work over the coming period.  This is an exciting opportunity to join […]

Hide and Seek with Justice – A Rant

(Updated 26/10/2017 – at the bottom) Access to justice is one thing. Actually being able to find it another. This is the sorry, sad, truly pathetic tale of the fall out of the closure of Lambeth County Court. I’m sorry for length, but hell, it has been a long, painful trip. In late 2015, the […]

Significantly more vulnerable – how much, or what kind?

Panayiotou v London Borough of Waltham Forest (2017) EWCA Civ 1624 This is an important court of appeal decision on the meaning of ‘significantly’ in Lord Neuberger’s definition of vulnerability under s.189(1)(c) Housing Act 1996 in Hotak v Southwark LBC (2015) UKSC 30, [2016] AC 811 (our report). Lord Neuberger, at 53, said: “Accordingly, I consider that the approach […]

Job Ads – North East and Norwich

Kyles Legal are looking for housing/debt/welfare supervisors and case workers for various types of contracts under the forthcoming civil legal aid tender application round.  The jobs would be based in one of our North East offices and would have a start date from June 2018.  Anyone interested to contact Nick via email on office@kyleslegal.co.uk   […]