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‘How to rent’ updated (and other non statutory guides)

A new ‘How to Rent’ Booklet was released today (26 June 2018) by MHCLG. This version must be provided to the tenant by the landlord (not just a link) for all new assured shorthold tenancies and replacement ASTs (including statutory periodic tenancies) that arise from now on. At least until the next version. A copy […]

Fitness for Human Habitation – developments

What was the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Building Standards) Bill went through Committee stage in the House of Commons today, 20 June. I’m delighted to say that it went smoothly, with the only amendments proposed and passed being those brought by Karen Buck MP herself. The Bill as amended – now […]

Job ad – Holborn

Mary Ward Legal Centre Housing Lawyer Mary Ward Legal Centre is going through an exciting period of growth and is expanding its services. Do you want to join a friendly and committed team of Housing Solicitors and help develop our new services? We are looking to recruit a full-time Housing lawyer to undertake a wide […]

Late review decisions and homeless appeals

Muloko v Newham LBC, County Court at Central London 6 April 2018 This is from a note of the judgment in June 2018 Legal Action – Housing: Recent Developments. I usually wait a month or two on reporting cases from Legal Action, but I report it now as it has some considerable importance, at least […]

Damages for badly performed homeless duties?

Brief notes on a couple of cases, both, in different ways, approaching the issue of whether a homeless applicant can claim for damages arising from the bad performance of the local authority’s statutory duties. McDonagh, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Enfield (2018) EWHC 1287 (Admin) Ms M was in unsuitable private […]

Job ads – Wandsworth, Wembley, South London, Lambeth

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Job ads – Birmingham and Bristol

Central England Law Centre Central England Law Centre is the UK’s largest Law Centre, with offices in Coventry and Birmingham, and a national reputation for innovation and excellence in its legal practice. Our established and well respected Coventry Housing team is expanding to establish a new service in Birmingham. We have been awarded a legal […]

Too soon?

Our thanks to Sally Blackmore of Ely Place Chambers for her note of this deposit case, which unaccountably slipped past us at the time (a year ago). The issue is the effect of the landlord providing the prescribed information before a deposit has actually been received. The parties aren’t named, nor is the court (though […]