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Don’t try this at home

Gibson v Douglas & Anor [2016] EWCA Civ 1266 In which the court of appeal almost but not quite consider the notice requirements for licencees excluded from the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 Mr G had been living at Mrs D’s property, which she also occupied since 2008 or 2009. He claimed housing benefit for […]

Rather too certain to be uncertain

Leeds City Council v Broadley [2016] EWCA Civ 1213 This was Leeds’ second appeal of a Valuation Tribunal decision on council tax liability. We covered the first High Court appeal here. Full disclosure, I acted for the intervener in this second appeal, the Residential Landlords Association, with Justin Bates (or as it turns out, Bate) […]

Housing Law Conference 2016

13 December 2016, Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE The Housing Law Practitioners Association conference – the biggest and, let’s be honest, best housing law conference of the year. This conference faces forward to the post-Housing and Planning Act 2016 world and the onward march of the private sector. A panel discussion […]

Known unknowns – Considering disability in homelessness

Birmingham City Council v Wilson [2016] EWCA Civ 1137 In Pieretti v Enfield LBC [2010] EWCA Civ 1104 (our note) the Court of Appeal held that under (the predecessor to) the Equality Act, in the course of Housing Act 1997 Part VII inquiries, a reviewing officer was required to carry out inquiries into an applicant’s disability that the Housing Act […]

Private sector updates

Section 8 notice prescribed form The Govt has made The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016. The Schedule contains a new ‘form 3’ – the prescribed form of Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession. This must be used for s.8 notices served on or after 1 December 2016. The change […]

Job Ads – E London

Shelter Solicitor £36,501 – £39,021 pa, plus excellent benefits Stratford, London Closing date: Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for an accomplished 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 at […]

A touch of sanity? Mandatory Pay to Stay gone away.

The Housing minister, Gavin Barwell, has today announced that the Government will not be pursuing the provisions in the Housing And Planning Act 2016 that implemented mandatory ‘pay to stay’ provisions for local authority tenants. Instead, it will be voluntary for both councils and housing associations. This is good news for councils, who would have […]

Job Ad – S London

Reviews Co-ordinator London Borough of Lewisham Reference: CUS-16-038 Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent Hours: 35 Salary: £34,725 – £36,549 Location: SE6 2EG Do you have a passion for improving people’s life chances? Do you ‘get’ the importance of housing? If so, we want your drive and creativity in our homelessness prevention team. The role Lewisham is not immune to the pressures […]

PRS enforcement corner

Three items relating to PRS licensing/HMO regulations and property management enforcement, with some added harassment of tenants thrown in. Thanks to Dean Underwood at Cornerstone for news of this Magistrates Court case. London Borough of Waltham Forest v Tuitt 11 November 2016 Mr T owns the freehold of a mid terrace house, converted into 4 […]

Initial Requirements and late prescribed information

Our thanks for this county court possession and deposit appeal case note to Josephine Henderson of Five Paper Chambers and Dambudzo Tenner of Duncan Lewis Amak Property Investments (London) Ltd v Laura Sonny B01CL657. 15 September 2016, The County Court at Central London This was an appeal of the dismissal of a set aside application following […]