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Service charges, contracts, social housing and subsidies

Thomas Homes Ltd v Colin MacGregor [2016] UKUT 495 (LC) An interesting question. To what extent, if at all, can leaseholders’ service charges be set at a level to ‘subsidise’ a shortfall as against actual maintenance costs in service charges recoverable from social tenants in flats provided under a section 106 agreement. The difficulties in […]

Job ads – Slough, Camden, Holborn, Colchester

Shelter Solicitor £33,238 – £35,758 pa (depending on experience), plus excellent benefits Slough Closing date: Monday 6th March 2017 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need. If you want to experience housing litigation […]

Reasonable costs of Improvements

The London Borough of Hounslow v Waaler [2017] EWCA Civ 45 We saw the Upper Tribunal take a new approach to determining whether the costs of improvement works, passed on through the service charge, were reasonably incurred. The UT held that particular consideration should have been given to the views of the leaseholders, whether they […]

Job ad – N London

Camden Community Law Centre seeks Housing Solicitor, salary negotiable (depending on experience) Closing date: 13 February 2017 5pm We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor with 3 years PQE or equivalent to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need. See www.cclc.org.uk/about/job-vacancies or email admin@cclc.org.ukstating clearly your email subject “Housing Recruitment”. […]

Perception of doors*

Southwark Council v Various Lessees of the St Saviours Estate [2017] UKUT 10 (LC) (Full disclosure – my firm acted for the Lessees). The issue in this Upper Tribunal case was whether LB Southwark was entitled charge the leaseholders for works to replace communal doors and front entrance doors carried out during fire safety improvement […]

‘Solicitor’s agents’ yet again – no rights of audience?

Following on from this post and then this one, there are further developments on the issue of rights of audience for ‘solicitors agents’ or ‘advocates’ – those who turn up to represent a party despite not being qualified to provide advocacy on their own behalf – and while not definitive (county court decisions only), it […]

Job ads – Wales

Shelter Cymru Senior Solicitor Cardiff Salary – £34,070 per annum – full time (35 hours per week) Closing date: 13 February 2017 (at 10.00am) We are looking for a full time Senior Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need, as well as […]

Costs and inquiries – homelessness appeals

The London Borough of Croydon v Lopes [2017] EWHC 33 (QB) Costs on settled s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeals – the issue that never goes away. The latest instalment also brings with it some rather sharp findings by the Court of Appeal on the extent of inquiries the council should have made. Ms Lopes had […]

Suitability and PSED

London Borough of Hackney v Haque [2017] EWCA Civ 4 In which the Court of Appeal grapple with the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty to decisions on suitability of accommodation provided under s.193 Housing Act 1996 (in satisfaction of the full housing duty). Hackney had accepted a full housing duty to Mr Haque […]

Job Ad – Sheffield

Shelter Solicitor £28,471-£34,296 pa (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits Sheffield Closing date: 5 February 2017 (at midnight) We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor or equivalent to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need. If you want to experience housing litigation at the […]