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Wearing different hats

Pandongate House Management Co Ltd v Barton, High Ct (Newcastle District Registry), January 2019 (with thanks to Alice Richardson for a copy of the judgment) Lessee-owned companies are now pretty common. They generally come about in one of three ways. The first (and generally best) is as freehold owner of a block of flats (usually […]

Sectoral Regulation Without Section 21

One of the interesting potential side effects of removing section 21 from the Private Rented Sector is the damage it might do to landlord regulation. Over time s21 has become a backdoor regulatory tool to help ensure landlord compliance. If the notice is removed altogether will this impact on regulation by removing a useful tool […]

When an ‘or’ is an ‘and’ in Wales

Evans v Fleri (2019) EW Misc 12 (CC) A lesson in drafting from Wales. The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 provides at Section 7(1) The landlord of a dwelling subject to a domestic tenancy must not do any of the things described in subsection (2) in respect of the dwelling unless – (a) the landlord is […]

Prohibition Orders and ending tenancies

T v W. County Court at Central London. 16 April 2019 (Unreported) T was the owner of a property. The property was subject to a prohibition order served by LB Croydon. Nonetheless, T let a dwelling in the property to W. (T denied knowledge of the prohibition order, in a somwhat unlikely manner, but nothing […]

Job ads. Camden and Ealing

Osbornes Solicitors We require a solicitor (2 to 4 PQE) to work in our busy Housing and Social Care Department with experience of a range of  housing law casework, and preferably with legal aid supervisor status. Apply with CV and covering letter to Shilpa Mathuradas, Osbornes, Livery House, 7-9 Pratt Street, London NW1 0AE. Email: sandrahillard@osbornes.net Closing […]

But, it’s a long, long while…

Ward & Ors, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors (2019) EWCA Civ 692 Regular readers will remember the judicial reviews of Hillingdon’s allocation policy requirement for a 10 year residence period (those without 10 years but with ‘reasonable preference’ being placed in Band D), with the rather odd outcomes […]

When is a licence a secure tenancy?

Mohamed v London Borough of Barnet (2019) EWHC 1012 (QB) Ms M was placed in temporary accommodation by LB Barnet following a homeless application. Barnet found her to be intentionally homeless but continued to provide accommodation under Children Act 1989. The property was a private property. Barnet had taken a licence agreement with agents for the […]

Job ads. Hackney, Croydon, Luton, Norwich

Dowse & Co Solicitors Housing Law Solicitor/Case Worker Role At: Dowse & Co Solicitors, Hackney. Hours: Part time or full time role. Qualifications: 1-5 PQE Solicitor or experienced Paralegal, preferably with LAA Supervisor status. Salary: Based on PQE and relevant experience. Details: We are expanding our Housing Law department by recruiting a dedicated and enthusiastic […]

The End of Section 21

I’d suggest sitting down before you read this. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has announced/is to announce depending on when you read this, that the Government is to abolish section 21. Honest. Really. Truly. Feel free to take a moment. I found out on Friday, under embargo, and […]

Job ads – Brent, North London, Southwark

Brent Community Law Centre A critical role of Housing Solicitor: to work in our team: teams work because of their members. Therefore, if you want an opportunity (post qualifying) to excel and have responsibility to help drive our services forward the role is for you. You will be able to demonstrate that you have the […]