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What Westminster did next. Sending the homeless to Coventry

As has been reported here and here, Westminster City Council have decided to adopt various new housing policies. In particular, there are new proposed policies on temporary accommodation and permanent accommodation offers for homeless households. The documents can be found here. The new ‘policy framework’ will mean the following: For both temporary accommodation AND private sector […]

To me – To you

Royal Borough of Kensington And Chelsea, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Ealing (2017) EWHC 24 (Admin) A judicial review in which two local authorities fought over which of them was gong to have to owe a housing duty to a homeless applicant. The central issue was whether, in the circumstances, Ealing could […]

Leases, tribunals and contractual costs

87 St George’s Square Management Ltd v Whiteside [2016] UKUT 438 (LC) The vexed issues of costs in service charge disputes rumble on. Willow Court Management Company (1985) Ltd v Alexander [2016] UKUT 0290 (LC) (our note) set out guidance for how and when rule 13 costs awards will be engaged and awarded in the First Tier […]

Job Ad – N London

Osbornes Solicitors LLP Experienced Paralegal required to work in the Housing and Social Care Department at Osbornes Solicitors LLP, a firm based in Camden Town. LPC or CPE required. Apply with CV and covering letter to Sandra Hillard at Osbornes Solicitors LLP, Livery House, 7- 9 Pratt Street, London NW10AE (email: sandrahillard@osbornes.net) Closing date: 20th January 2017

Tales of the private sector

A collation of cases and stories from the private sector, and a series of reminders that a database of rogue landlords, and indeed banning orders, can’t come soon enough. In Sheffield, John Cashin was convicted of 56 offences involving HMO management, failure to provide information, failure to licence and property conditions: Five properties, on Abbeydale […]

Works and quiet enjoyment

Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation & Anor [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch) I’m very late with this one – been in the ‘to do’ pile for ages. In mitigation, it is a commercial property case, but has interesting elements on the way in which building works may be reasonably carried out. Timothy Taylor ran […]

Job ad – E London & Essex

Edwards Duthie Solicitors Housing Solicitors/Caseworker Edwards Duthie is a large and long established firm with a number of offices in East London and Essex.  Named in the Legal 500, we have a diverse range of both privately and publicly funded work.  The New Year heralds an exciting period for Edwards Duthie with the opening of […]

Property Guardians & tangled webs (Camelot. Again)

There is a bit of a thing unfolding in Bristol involving property guardians, Bristol City Council and Camelot, one of the larger property guardian firms, upon whom we have had cause to remark upon several times in the past. Several former nursing homes, owned by the Council, were standing empty. The Council went with Camelot to […]

Human Rights Round-Up

A selection box of ECtHR cases from the last few months: Vrzić v Croatia 12/7/2016 The applicants were the owners of a property in Croatia. In early 2009, they secured finance from a private company and their property was used as collateral. The applicants defaulted on payment of the loan and the creditors began proceedings […]