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Equalities on the 14th floor

Chatokai v Salford City Council. Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 11 April 2017 (Not reported elsewhere) This was a s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal of Salford’s review decision that Mr C was not homeless. The central issue was whether Salford’s review officer had adequately addressed her public sector equality duty under s.149 Equality Act 2010. Brief […]

Water and youth

Not, I hasten to make clear, a Daily Mail style piece on the health giving properties of drinking expensive water, but a couple of quick notes. First, a Southwark rent arrears possession case, demonstrating that the effects of Jones v London Borough of Southwark [2016] EWHC 457 (Ch) (our report) rumble on in Southwark, despite the […]

‘Duty of care’ – Not in housing allocation

Darby v Richmond on Thames London Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 252 Many of you, I suspect, will be like me – you hear from clients, prospective clients, tenants etc., on a very frequent basis that in making a housing decision, or indeed in not making it, the council or housing association has ‘breached its duty […]

Somebody else’s money

Sheffield City Council v Oliver [2017] EWCA Civ 225 We saw this case in the Upper Tribunal, here, and I’ll borrow the brief facts. Ms Oliver was the long leaseholder in a block of flats on the Lansdowne Estate, which was owned by the Council. The Council carried out city wide major works, which included […]

Community contribution, priority stars and discrimination

XC, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Southwark [2017] EWHC 736 (Admin) This was a judicial review of Southwark’s allocation policy as it applied to transfers. Specifically, the issue was whether Southwark’s policy, in awarding ‘priority stars’ for ‘community contribution’ discriminated against women and the disabled. There is a substantial backstory to XC’s […]

… don’t live here anymore

Dove v London Borough of Havering [2017] EWCA Civ 156 This was an appeal of a possession order made against the joint (formerly secure) tenants on the ground of non-occupation as primary or only home, and also serious rent arrears. Both the Ms Dove (twin sisters), appealed. Following an inspection in September 2010, Havering decided that […]

Short term lets, long term consequences

A couple of county court cases on Airbnb/short let use by leaseholders. One was reported in the newspapers, the other has not been reported anywhere before. Both show the potentially serious consequences of leaseholders letting out on short lets, where lease clauses arguably prevent it. We have seen the clause ‘use only as a private […]

Not enough of a notice?

London Borough of Islington v Dyer [2017] EWCA Civ 150 Termination of an introductory tenancy requires a notice under s.128 Housing Act 1996. S.128(7) states The notice shall also inform the tenant that if he needs help or advice about the notice, and what to do about it, he should take it immediately to a Citizens’ […]

Succession, partners and bright line rules

Turley v London Borough of Wandsworth & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 189 Did the pre Localism Act 2011 succession rules for a secure tenancy amount to a breach of article 8 and 14 (private life and non-discrimination), and if so, should a declaration of incompatibility be made if the Housing Act 1985 could not be read […]