On sewer covers, gardens and responsibilities

Rogerson v Bolsover District Council (2019) EWCA Civ 226 A court of appeal case on when the landlord’s duty under section 4 Defective Premises Act 1972 is engaged and whether there is any duty to inspect. Ms R was Bolsover DC’s tenant. The property was a house with a front garden. The tenancy began in […]

Rights and Right to rent

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2019) EWHC 452 (Admin) (For transparency, I acted for one of the interveners, the Residential Landlords Association, in this case.) This was a judicial review claim by JCWI of the Right to Rent Scheme, as […]

Job Ads – Central London

University of London Housing Services University of London Housing Services seeks a Housing Advisor for a full time, permanent position. Salary: Starting from £31,401 (Grade 6 CTS) Closing Date: 31-Mar-2019 Interview date: 10th April Do you have a passion for helping others, sense of justice and an enthusiastic and innovative approach?  Apply for the role […]

No release from gas

Trecarrel House Limited v Rouncefield, County Court at Exeter, 13 February 2019 (unreported elsewhere) The gas safety certificate section 21 wars rumble on. Following Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz (our note here), we have a further County Court appeal decision. This time from Exeter and concerning s.36(7) of the 1998 Gas Safety Regulations. That […]

Job Ad – Ealing

Ealing Law Centre Award winning Law Centre seeks Housing Lawyer Salary: According to experience Working hours: 35 per week Benefits include:  22 days annual leave, flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development. Ealing Law Centre is an award winning and highly respected law centre providing specialist legal advice and representation to our local […]

U Can’t Do This*

This is another in what turns out to be an occasional series of unregulated, unqualified ‘Evictions R Us’ outfits making catastrophic errors and costing their clients large amounts of money. You may recall Kassam v Gill & Gill, featuring ‘Remove a Tenant’. Now we have another example. Ojo & Opaleye v McAuliffe, County Court at […]

Job ad – Brixton

Brixton Advice Centre is looking for a full or part-time Housing Solicitor with at least 2-years PQE (minimum 17.5 hours per week) to work in our Housing Legal Aid department. Apply by 5pm on 15 February 2019. You will join a small, friendly and supportive team of staff and volunteers dedicated to providing high quality […]

Job ad – Slough (and Herts a bit)

Shelter Solicitor £37,485 pa depending on experience Fixed term until 30 September 2019 Slough, however please note this post will cover three Court Desk in Hertfordshire – Watford, St Albans and Hertford. Closing date: 17 February 2019 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for a qualified Solicitor with experience of handling a wide range of housing cases, […]

Alterations, disability and equality

Smailes & Poyner-Smailes v Clewer Court Residents Ltd, Cardiff County Court 30 January 2019 (Unreported but copy of judgment is here). Although only a County Court (Circuit Judge) decision, this is an interesting and potentially significant case on the application of Equality Act 2010 to leasehold covenants. Mr Smailes and Ms Poyner-Smailes bought a two […]

Job Ad – London and Brighton

Lawstop Solicitor An exciting opportunity has arisen for a solicitor with housing and/or community care experience to join our dynamic new legal aid practice based in London or Brighton, starting as soon as possible after interview. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of community care and/or housing law and have experience in these […]