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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 The regulations were originally made […]

Job ads – Camden, Oxford

Osbornes Law We require a solicitor (2 to 4 PQE) to work in our busy Housing Department with experience of running disrepair claims, other housing law casework, and preferably with legal aid supervisor status. Apply with CV to Shilpa Mathuradas, Osbornes, Livery House, 7-9 Pratt Street, London NW1 0AE. Email: sandrahillard@osbornes.net Closing date 11th April 2019 Turpin and Miller […]

Property Guardians and HMOs – guilty

For some reason that, quite frankly, escapes me, assorted ‘powers that be’ have been non-committal on whether the Housing Act 2004 provisions on HMOs, licensing etc., and also the Part 1 enforcement of conditions and HHSRS, apply to properties occupied by property guardians. Local authorities, the London Mayor’s office and even MHCLG have all been […]

Second possession orders and estoppel

Salix Homes v Mantato (2019) EWCA Civ 445 A court of appeal decision on a first instance application, where the main issue was whether, given an historic possession order, the landlord could bring fresh possession proceedings. Mr Mantato was Salix Homes assured tenant from 2015. Before that, he had been the secure tenant of Salford City […]

Job Ad – Hackney

Dowse & Co Solicitors Role: Housing Law Solicitor / Case worker Hours: Part time or full time role. Qualifications: 1-5 PQE Solicitor or experienced Paralegal Salary: Based on PQE and relevant experience. Details:  We are expanding our Housing Law department by recruiting a dedicated and enthusiastic Solicitor. We advise clients on a range of housing […]