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Just too much effort… Barnet and homeless applications

The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a quite withering decision on a complaint about Barnet Council’s failure to make a formal decision on repeated homeless applications by a homeless woman. The woman became homeless in January 2015 after eviction by a private landlord and approached Barnet. Barnet provided her with a place in a hostel for […]

RTB and Airbnb in Southwark

Yes, the backlog of case reports is growing, but I’ve only time for a quick note on an interesting development in Southwark. According to this report, Southwark council have decided that their Right To Buy leases contain covenants that would prevent short term letting of the whole property, and are to write to their leaseholders […]

Floating rights

Jones v Canal & River Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 135 This was an appeal against an order that Canal and River Trust could remove Mr Jones boat from a canal near Bradford on Avon, under its powers under s.8 of the British Waterways Act 1983 and s.13 of the British Waterways Act 1971. Mr J had advanced […]

Job Ads – W London & Watford

Ealing Law Centre Housing Solicitor Salary: According to experience Working hours: 35 per week Benefits include:  22 days annual leave, flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development. Ealing Law Centre seeks a motivated and dynamic housing lawyer. We are looking for someone who is keen to develop their housing caseload within a law […]

BPP, fee charging McKenzie friends, and errors of judgment

I have a lot to finish writing up by way of case law – a post underway on narrowboats, the Canal & River Authority and Article 8, and two new court of appeal cases popped up today on Introductory tenancy notices and not occupying as principle residence, to add to the list. But, those take […]

Andy Gale, misuse and me. FAO housing options officers

[Update 20/03/17 – Locata have come back to me again and are changing the relevant wording in the toolkit. The issue is resolved.] I didn’t want to have to write this, but sadly I have to, to protect my and our own position here on NL. Because Andy Gale (known to many in homelessness services) and […]

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

R (on the application of Halvai) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC (2017) QBD (Admin) (Sara Cockerill QC) 09/03/2017 (Only on lawtel as an extempore judgment, as far as I can see) This was a judicial review of H&F’s refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural […]

Job ads: South London and Manchester

GT Stewart Housing Solicitor We have an exciting opportunity for a Housing Solicitor to join our team specialising in housing and public law. Our expertise in this field has been recognised by professional directories including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Experience and knowledge of housing and public law is essential. We are looking for […]

World enough and time – suitability, distance and time

Barakate v LB Brent. County Court at Central London. 16 October 2016 (copy of judgment) A section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeal of the suitability of LB Brent’s offer of private sector accommodation to Mr B of a property in Birmingham. Mr B, his wife and three daughters were in temporary accommodation in Brent, a […]

Erratum – s.21 flowchart

I am surprised it had not happened sooner, because there had to be some, but today someone spotted an error in the section 21 notice flowchart – specifically in the end-note about s.21(4)(a) notices for tenancies that were periodic from the outset. A corrected flowchart is now available here. All other reports of errors gratefully […]