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Hiatus brief updates (and job ad)

Quick couple of cases to note (no analysis), a bit of news and a job ad. Two linked appeals on out of borough/out of London Homelessness review decisions – Alibkhiet v London Borough of Brent v City of Westminster  (2018) EWCA Civ 2742 Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on costs under a ‘contemplation of a s.146 notice’ […]

Of HHSRS and Hiatuses

A couple of things… MHCLG have issued an “Addendum for the profile for the hazard of fire and in relation to cladding systems on high rise residential buildings” to the operating guidance to the HHSRS in relation to ACM cladding. The aim is: to provide guidance on the assessment of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe […]

Job ads: S London

Cambridge House Law Centre Vacancies Established in 1893, our Law Centre is one of the oldest free legal advice services in the UK. Recognised as a Centre of Excellence we provide free expert legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, welfare benefits, employment and public law. We have two vacancies and warmly welcome […]

All out of Proportion

We saw the case of McDonald v McDonald through the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that as between private parties, there was no right to a proportionality review of eviction under the Section 21 possession claim procedure. Now, in FJM v United Kingdom, App No 76202/16, 29 November 2018, the European […]

Improvement clauses needing improvement

Network Homes Ltd v Harlow (2018) EWHC 3120 (Ch) An object lesson in the need for clarity in tenancy agreements. This was an appeal from a first instance decision of HHJ Luba QC. Mr H was Network’s assured tenant of a flat in a block used for a sheltered housing scheme. Following a fire safety inspection, […]

Job Ads – Birmingham and Finsbury

Community Law Partnership – Birmingham Housing Solicitor/Caseworker (full time permanent) and a Housing Solicitor/Caseworker (temp maternity cover min 6 months) We are seeking to recruit two experienced and dedicated housing lawyers to join our award winning, friendly and supportive team.  Hours of work:- 9.00 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.  To apply:- go to our […]

A Housing Court – MHCLG have some odd questions for you.

And so the promised ‘call for evidence’ on the need for and outline of a specialist Housing Court has come to pass. And, frankly, what an odd thing it is. First, the MCHLG press release is headed Except the one thing that is definitely not happening in this is the unveiling of any actual proposals. […]

The way of the Wilsons

With a sense of grinding inevitability, and a smidgen of schadenfreude, once more Fergus and Judith Wilson feature in these pages. (Here is the previous trail). This time, the appearance is for Judith Wilson being found guilty of failing to comply with a Housing Act 2004 enforcement order requiring her to remedy a defective hot […]

Residential Purposes

Snarecroft Ltd v Quantum Securities Ltd (2018) EWHC 2071 (Ch) This is a High Court decision from February, but it has just appeared on Bailii. The issue was the construction of a lease term which provided that the tenant must “Following the obtaining of planning consent for residential use, not to use the premises or any […]