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Job Ad – E London

TV Edwards Solicitors Paralegal – Social Welfare We ae looking for a paralegal to support our housing, community care and public law solicitors based in our Whitechapel office. The role involves assisting with casework advice and litigation (covering homelessness, possession proceedings, disrepair, Court of Protection applications, and care planning); dealing with new client enquiries; and […]

The good, the bad and the ugly.

In a week of depressing, worrying news on homelessness – of which more below – there were at least two bits of good news. First, in Gureckis, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 3298 (Admin) the Government’s policy of deporting rough sleeping EU citizens was found to […]

“I made him aware he is very lucky”

A Local Government Ombudsman Report on the actions of Maidstone Borough Council towards a homeless household makes for depressing reading. Both for the actions (and inactions) of the Council and for what it lays bare about the attitude to the homeless. Mr and Mrs A and their young children were owed the full housing duty […]

Job Ad – Norwich

Shelter Solicitor £29,331 – £35,332 depending on experience Norwich Closing date: 10 January 2018 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for a qualified Solicitor or experienced Housing Adviser with experience of handling a wide range of housing cases, to join our Legal Services team and enable those in housing need to enforce their rights and challenge […]

An air of unreality

Whilst winding my way home this evening, I chanced across a piece from Inside Housing in which is was reported that the Secretary of State, (Sajid Javid) had suggested that private freeholders should pick up the costs associated with fire-safety works and not recharge them to leaseholders. More remarkably, he is reported as saying that […]

Premature forfeiture

A couple of quick notes on forfeiture of leases. Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce (2017) UKUT 377 (TCC) Forfeiture for ground rent arrears was not valid because: a) The wrong notice under s.166 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 had been served. The notice was statutorily prescribed and the use of an older, pre-2011 version was not acceptable. […]

Job Ad – Wandsworth

Community Care/Housing Solicitor – Consultant Location: Wandsworth, Putney area About Youth Legal and Resource Centre Youth Legal is a specialist legal advice service for young people in Wandsworth providing independent legal advice that is youth centered and suited to young people’s needs – including housing and obtaining social services support.  We work with young people […]

And the first shall not be last

London Borough of Haringey v Ahmed & Anor (2017) EWCA Civ 1861 This was Haringey’s appeal of a High Court decision dismissing Haringey’s claim for possession against Ms Ahmed (our report here).  A factual precis is that in 1988 two tenancy agreements were signed. The first by Ms A’s former husband, Mr A, (though with Ms […]

Job Ad – Manchester

AWH Legal Ltd, based in Manchester are looking to recruit a disrepair fee earner with extensive experience and a robust approach to litigation. Experience of EPA 1990 actions in the magistrate court would be useful, though not essential.  AWH Legal has a rapidly expanding housing department representing tenants of social landlords and can offer an […]

Incurred and incurred again

Under section 20B(1) Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, a service charge must be demanded of the tenant within 18 months of the relevant cost having been incurred by the landlord. But what happens when there is a head landlord demanding a charge from an intermediate landlord who, in turn, passes the cost on to their […]