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Oh the Humanity!

‘Humanity Torbay’ is apparently a charitable incorporated organisation, and one that has worthy, if semi literate, aims. So it would be a little surprising to find Humanity Torbay being described as vigilantes by the local council and told to stop their activities immediately by the police, wouldn’t it? Yet here we are. The stunningly misnamed ‘Humanity […]

‘No DSS’ and discrimination

The BBC ran a new report today on a case in Birmingham. The headline – “Landlords who say ‘no DSS’ breaking equality laws” – was, as we shall see, somewhat misleading, but the report did indeed cover a discrimination claim against a letting agency who had refused to consider a woman and single mother as […]

Jod ads – Central London, Birmingham, Norwich

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP  A Leading Firm of Solicitors Based in Euston, London NW1 Housing Solicitor An exciting opportunity has arisen for a solicitor (2 – 4 years PQE) to join our award winning, dedicated and dynamic social housing team.  To be successful in this role it is essential that you have good experience […]

There can be only one!

The MHCLG have announced a consultation ‘Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market’, which primarily about reviewing and reforming Ombudsman schemes in the housing sector, with the proposal floated for a single Ombudsman/redress scheme across the whole housing sector – social and private landlord, letting agents, tenants and buyers of new build properties. Even, it […]

Job Ads – Central London, Sheffield

Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit Two Job Vacancies with ATLEU’s Legal Team – London and Sheffield Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) are recruiting! We have two solicitor/caseworker vacancies within ATLEU’s award-winning Legal Team, located in Sheffield or London. Join the team that is consistently at the forefront of this vital and fast […]

‘Can’t Pay..’ will have to pay.

Ali and Aslam v Channel 5 Broadcast Ltd (2018) EWHC 298 (Ch) I won’t go into detail – do read the judgment for the oddest mashup of housing law, media law and privacy law we have encountered (so far) – but suffice it to say that a husband and wife evicted by High Court Sheriffs […]

Homelessness Reduction Act Code of Guidance (mostly) out

MHCLG has published the Statutory Code of Guidance for the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, with just over a month to go until it is in force (3 April 2018). 25 chapters and one annex are here (with no downloadable version in evidence yet). Everyone, councils and advisors, needs to brush up on […]

Children Act and Housing – (not) joining the dots.

J and L, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Hillingdon (2017) EWHC 3411 (Admin) This is a very interesting judicial review, concerning the interrelation of a council’s housing duties under Part 6 and Part 7 Housing Act 1996 and duties to children under s.17 Children Act 1989. The brief factual background, taken from […]

Jobs Ads – Swansea, South London

Shelter Cymru Shelter Cymru is the people and homes charity in Wales and works for the prevention of homelessness, the improvement of housing conditions, and the right of everyone to a safe, suitable and affordable home. We are now looking to recruit for the following position to join our team. If you want to help end homelessness in Wales, […]

I can serve this only once – gas safety certificates

Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz. Central London County Court. 2 February 2018 (from note of judgment) First our thanks to Matthew Cannings of 3 Paper Buildings for note of judgment and Richard Cherry of 33 Bedford Row for details (counsel for appellant and respondent, respectively). This was an appeal to a circuit judge of […]