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Still more on 1 October – HMOs, storeys and rooms.

I thought we’d already covered this, but it turns out we haven’t fully. So, from 1 October 2018, the definition of a HMO subject to mandatory licensing changes, and separately there are new room size requirements. The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description)(England) Order 2018 removes the requirement that a licensable HMO must […]

More on 1 October – breach of Suspended Possession Order

On 1 October 2018, The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2018 will come into effect. The bit that concerns us is basically a one line change to Part 83 Civil Procedure Rules 1998 codifying the position that there is no need to make a separate Part 83(2) application for permission for a warrant for […]

Autumn – mellow fruitfulness and new section 21 rules

When we reach 1 October 2018, provisions of the Deregulation Act 2015 come into force, affecting all assured shorthold tenancies that commenced before 1 October 2015. Quite what those provisions are is a bit complicated, and may yet be subject to further change, but this is what it currently looks like. What will happen is […]

Job ad – Cardiff

Shelter Cymru Solicitor Location: Cardiff office Hours: 35 hours per week Salary: £28,000- £31,000 per annum (dependent upon experience) We are looking for an enthusiastic full time Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law & to represent homeless people or people in housing need in Wales. The post-holder will be expected to provide a […]

Eviction companies, conducting litigation, and defective notices

Kassam v Gill & Gill (13th August 2018, County Court at Birmingham) (copy of judgment here) Regular readers and long term twitter followers will know that we tend to take a dim view of unqualified, unregulated ‘evict your tenant’ set ups. Here is a very interesting case involving just such a company and in which […]

Appealing rent increases for assured tenancies

Robertson v Webb, Re Honley Road (LANDLORD & TENANT – rent determination) (2018) UKUT 235 (LC) Just a brief note on this – where a landlord serves a notice of proposed increased rent under section 13 Housing Act 1988, the tenant can apply for a determination of the rent to be charged by the First […]

When service charges become indisputable

Marlborough Park Services Ltd v Micha Leitner (2018) UKUT 230 (LC) Tenants/Leaseholders can seek a determination of the payability and reasonableness of service charges under s.27A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. It has been something of a question about how far back a challenge can extend in terms of service charge years. While this Upper […]

Job Ad – Derby

Direct Help & Advice and Derby Law Centre Housing caseworker/solicitor Salary Range: £23,460- £29,520 per annum depending on experience & qualifications, including Solicitors weighting. Contract base hours of work: 37.5 hours per week. Location: Derby and DHA office locations Closing Date: Tuesday 28thAugust 2018 at 12.30pm We are currently seeking an experienced and motivated individual to […]

Advocate and expert – asking for trouble

Non-domestic rating is not something we usually cover on this blog. It is, after all, not about housing. But the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Gardiner & Theobold LLP v Jackson (Valuation Officer) [2018] UKUT 253 (LC) goes much wider. At the risk of gross oversimplification, commerical occupiers of property have to […]

Job ads – Wiltshire, Gloucester

Wiltshire Law Centre Vacancy for Solicitor Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. You will have the exciting opportunity to build upon our expertise in Housing law and benefit from your highly experienced colleagues in supporting you based in our central Swindon offices. Wiltshire Law Centre […]