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Private sector discharge and unknown landlords

Teresa Ward v LB Hillingdon. County Court at Central London. HHJ Lamb QC. 11 July 2019 (not reported elsewhere, we’ve seen the judgment.) The issue in this s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal was whether the review decision upholding a private rented sector offer (PRSO) was correct that this was a lawful PRSO, and if so, […]

Tribunal costs in County Court proceedings

John Romans Park Homes Ltd v Mr Hancock, Mrs Hancock (02 Dec 19, unreported). Our grateful thanks to Amanda Gourlay for her note on this appeal. This matter concerned the Mobile Homes Act 1983, but the point is of far broader application.  The case was a possession claim in the county court, which was transferred […]

Job Ad – East Dulwich

GT Stewart We are looking for a solicitor to join our talented and diverse Housing Department based in our East Dulwich office. You will be working in a team committed to social justice with a wealth of expertise in litigation on behalf of vulnerable clients from the County Court to the Supreme Court. Our reputation […]

Property Guardians, vanishing companies and still getting it wrong

Camelot! Camelot! I know it sounds a bit bizarre, But in Camelot, Camelot That’s how conditions are. Camelot! Camelot! I know it gives a person pause, But in Camelot, Camelot Those are the legal laws.* You may or may not have heard that one of the largest Property Guardian firms put itself (and all its […]

FTT fails natural justice on tenant’s RRO application

Wilson v Campbell (HOUSING – RENT REPAYMENT ORDER) (2019) UKUT 363 (LC) In which the Upper Tribunal gives the First Tier Tribunal a thorough ticking off over its decision on a rent repayment order application. Ms Wilson had rented a room in a house from Mr Gareth Campbell between 31 March 2017 until 31 July 2018. […]

Manifesto mayhem

I cannot summon any enthusiasm for this election. It mostly makes me wish I lived in Scotland. But, despite this, I have forced myself to read the three main manifestos so I can summarise them for you all. Conservatives: To call this underwhelming is to give it undeserved praise. The primary focus is on expanding […]

Après nous le déluge – rents and water resellers

Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames v Moss (2019) EWHC 3261 (Ch) Ever since Jones v London Borough of Southwark (2016) EWHC 457 (Ch) (our report), the position on water rates taken as rent by a number of London Councils and Housing Associations under agreements with Thames Water has been conflicted. Some councils (including Southwark) refunded tenants the […]

Job ad – Islington

Islington Law Centre is recruiting! We are seeking an Experienced Housing Outreach Solicitor/Caseworker to join our team. Islington Law Centre is looking to recruit an experienced housing outreach caseworker to join its housing team. We are seeking a practitioner with experience in the full range of housing work: to include defending possession proceedings, allocations, homelessness and […]

Between structural defects and structural repairs

(NB photo is of an entirely unrelated building.) A constant issue in disrepair (at least until the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 for tenancies) and in leasehold major works charges matters has been the difficulties of liability for inherent defects and where and how it overlaps with repairs. Now the Upper Tribunal (Lands […]