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The End of Section 21

I’d suggest sitting down before you read this. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has announced/is to announce depending on when you read this, that the Government is to abolish section 21. Honest. Really. Truly. Feel free to take a moment. I found out on Friday, under embargo, and […]

Job ads – Brent, North London, Southwark

Brent Community Law Centre A critical role of Housing Solicitor: to work in our team: teams work because of their members. Therefore, if you want an opportunity (post qualifying) to excel and have responsibility to help drive our services forward the role is for you. You will be able to demonstrate that you have the […]

The wrong doctors

R(Al-Ali) v Brent LBC (2018) EWHC 3634 (Admin) (not on Bailii. We have seen a judgment and it is also reported in March 2019 Legal Action Housing: recent developments). There is, I think little of legal significance in this judicial review permission decision, but there are some helpful hints for anyone thinking of fabricating evidence. […]

Homelessness – capacity to apply

R(Uddin) v Southwark LBC (2019) EQHC 180 (Admin) (Not on Bailii. We’ve seen a copy of the judgment. Also reported in the March 2019 Legal Action Housing: recent developments). Mr U is a single man. In May 2018, he was assaulted and suffered a serious brain injury. In October 2018, the hospital assessed him as […]

Ending duties after the HRA

R (OAO Harris) v London Borough of Islington. High Court (Admin) CO/1282/2019 (unreported, settled March 2019.). This is a settled judicial review, I’ve seen the grounds, interim order and final consent order. It raises a number of issues about the performance of the new Housing Act 1996 Part VII duties as amended by the Homelessness […]

Job ad – Streatham

Anthony Gold Solicitors Litigation (Housing) NQ Solicitor – Defective construction Anthony Gold is currently recruiting a Litigation (Housing) NQ Solicitor for 1 May to support a varied and interesting caseload, based at our Streatham office. This is a niche area of housing litigation which Anthony Gold is becoming well known for, in addition to being […]

Landlord’s access and actually turning up

New Crane Wharf Freehold Ltd v Dovener (LANDLORD AND TENANT – clause in lease required tenant to permit the landlord to enter) (2019) UKUT 98 (LC) What counts as ‘refusing access’, where a landlord has a contractual right to access on notice? This rather odd Upper Tribunal case does at least provide a degree of […]

I Hate Those MEESes to Pieces*

Introduction 1st April 2019 saw the introduction of the significantly amended Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for private sector landlords. These provisions have been delayed several times and fudged around a fair bit along the way. These regulations are made pursuant to powers granted by Chapter 2, Energy Act 2011. The regulations were originally made […]