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Guidance on reducing homelessness

The DCLG has published the draft statutory code of guidance to accompany the Homelessness Reduction Act (in force from April 2018). The draft code is now subject to 8 weeks consultation. The DCLG has also announced the fairly small additional sums that councils will, initially, receive to implement the Act. This Guidance will no doubt […]

Job Ads – London

Shepherds Bush Housing Association A community focused housing association, SBHA strives to be recognised as the best in London for our homes and services. We’ve embarked on an exciting journey of transformational change and as part of this, we are improving how we deliver services to residents on our mixed schemes.  We are recruiting a Housing […]

Vulnerability, medical evidence & Now Medical

Thomas v Lambeth LBC, County Court at Central London, 16 March 2017 This is a s.204 appeal in the County Court of a vulnerability decision by Lambeth. A copy of the transcript of judgment is here. Of particular interest is that the judgment concerns and indeed turns on Now Medical reports on the homeless applicant […]

Waiting for DCLG

During an exchange about the speech by the Secretary of State yesterday (more on that later I suspect – I’d quite like to do a conference round-up piece), it occured to me that there are an awful lot of actual housing law consultations that haven’t had a response yet. I just wanted to pull them […]

Fitness for Habitation 2.0 – Q&A and call to arms

If you haven’t already heard, Karen Buck MP got fourth place in the 2017 ballot for private members bills. And she has taken this opportunity to bring forward a new version of the ‘Fitness for Habitation’ Bill that was filibustered in 2015 (and then was voted down as an amendment to the Housing and Planning […]

Job Ad – SW London

Wainwright & Cummins LLP HOUSING SOLICITOR & SUPERVISOR Wainwright & Cummins LLP are looking for a motivated, passionate and dynamic housing solicitor 4yrs PQE + to take over the role of Head of Housing Department. The applicant must have LAA supervisor status or have the relevant experience required to apply. To be successful in this […]

Job Ad – S London

Anthony Gold Solicitors London SE17 Paralegal x 2 – Housing, Landlord & Tenant Anthony Gold is currently recruiting for two Housing, Landlord & Tenant paralegals to support a varied and interesting caseload, based at our Elephant & Castle office for a 12 -14 month contract, for immediate start. Anthony Gold’s ‘ground-breaking’ team is a recognised […]

Lionel Richie and housing law

It was the Nat Fed conference last week and I know many of our readers were there taking in the sights and experiences and nabbing free pens/drinks. I’ve never really enjoyed it. Not enough law for me. I’m also deeply sceptical of the Nat Fed after its (shameful) role in helping create a fig-leaf for […]

An uncaring indifference to wrong and right

Behind every homelessness statistic sits a story – or, more accurately – 88410* stories. Stories of people fleeing violence or abusive relationships. Stories of people struggling with ill-health and addictions. Stories of care leavers being left to struggle thorough. And, increasingly, stories of people who just can’t afford the rent.** Some – the “lucky” or […]

We’re on a break

You may have noticed a lack of posts, despite cases awaiting writing up like the relief of Ealing, or the 18 month rule in s.20B also applying to ‘on account’ service charge demands, or legal costs on relief from forfeiture. But reports are going to have to wait for a while, due to a) all […]