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Regency (UK) Ltd v (1) Hussein Ali Hadi Albu-Swalin (2) Heartland Property Ltd (2019) QBD (Chamberlain J) 18/11/2019 (Note of extempore judgment on Lawtel) Regency had let flats to Heartland on the basis that Heartland would sublet to occupiers. Heartland sublet a flat to Mr Albu-Swalin in 2015. Mr A-S reported defects to the condition […]

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If you go down to the woods today

Kerr & Anor (as Trustees) v Maass (2019) EWHC 95 (Ch) (This was from January, but has only just appeared.) This is a rather odd case concerning possession of a farmhouse in the Forest of Dean. It had been first occupied by the defendant’s mother and step father in 1993. The terms of this were […]

Tribunals and human rights

RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2019) UKSC 52 The question of the powers of the First Tier and Upper Tribunals (and indeed initial decision makers) to disapply secondary legislation where there is a breach of the appellant’s human rights has reached the Supreme Court. The decision has some far reaching implications […]

The future for me is already a thing of the past

Avon Ground Rents Ltd v (1) Cowley & Others, (2) Metropolitan Housing Trust, (3) Advance, (4) May Hempstead Partnership [2019] EWCA Civ 1827 (no transcript yet on BAILII, we’ve seen a copy on Lawtel) This is an important Court of Appeal decision concerning Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, s.19(2) and the reasonable sum payable in advance […]

Assorted – Licensing and prior offences, RROs and section 8 Notices

A triplet of brief notes. Hussain & Ors v London Borough of Waltham Forest (HOUSING – licensing) (2019) UKUT 339 (LC) This appeal was on the issue of whether a local authority and the First Tier Tribunal could take into account previous convictions that were spent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act […]

Upper Tribunal roundup (The Very Late Summer 2019 edition)

There have been a fair few recent (and perhaps no-so-recent) decisions from the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on leasehold matters, so it’s time for a bit of a round up. Actually, it was time for a bit of a round up back in August when I started this post and I can only apologise that […]

Discrimination in ‘one succession’ for secure tenancies

Simawi v London Borough of Haringey (2019) EWCA Civ 1770 We saw this case in the High Court – our report here – now this is the court of appeal judgment on Mr S’ appeal, seeking a finding that there was discriminatory treatment in the Housing Act 1985 succession rules between a person who became a […]

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EPA prosecution and costs

Notting Hill Genesis, R (On the Application Of) v Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court (2019) EWHC 1423 (Admin) I missed this at the time – May this year – I think because I was on hiatus. It is something of an oddity. It may well also be primarily of historical interest in any event, for reasons […]