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Job ads – Central London, North London

University of London Housing Services Housing Advisor Do you have a passion for helping others, sense of justice and an enthusiastic and innovative approach? Apply for the role of Housing Advisor at the University of London and help support students and staff living in the private rented sector. We are seeking an individual to join […]

Fitness for Human Habitation is go!

The Homes (Fitness for Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed second reading on 19 January, with a unanimous vote. The debate (interrupted by a Ministerial statement) is here and here. Because I can’t resist, here are Karen Buck’s closing remarks and the vote. (Out of shot – me being ecstatic in the gallery) […]

Job ad – Central London

Mary Ward Legal Centre Housing Support Worker We are expanding the help we give to people in need of housing advice in order to help sustain tenancies and break the cycle of homelessness. We are looking for a Housing Support Worker to provide one to one support to vulnerable clients receiving housing advice at the […]

Fitness for Habitation – now with Govt support.

I am delighted, and delighted for Karen Buck MP, to be able to say that her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill now has government support as well as that of the Labour opposition. (Previous posts on the then draft Bill are here and here). The published Bill for Second […]

Beach huts: chattels, leases, estoppel

Gilpin and ors v Legg [2017] EWHC 3220 (Ch) is a gift (at least to land law examiners) that is going to keep on giving.  This is not just because of the claims discussed – whether beach huts were fixtures or chattels, whether a lease had been granted to the owners of the huts, whether […]

Protection from neighbours – no duty

CN & Anor v Poole Borough Council (2017) EWCA Civ 2185 What, if any, duty is owed by a local authority to children to protect them from abuse and harassment by neighbours? This court of appeal decision suggests none in negligence. CN and GN lived with their mother in a Poole Housing Partnership (a Poole BC […]

Job ad – SW London

SOUTH WEST LONDON LAW CENTRES Legal Action for Local Communities JOB ADVERT – Housing Caseworker / Solicitor South West London Law Centres (SWLLC), one of the largest and most progressive Law Centres in the country, is seeking two Community Care and Housing Solicitor/Caseworker to be based in either of offices in Kingston or Wandsworth. We […]

Not 2017

I was going to do the usual roundup of the year post, but frankly, it was all too depressing. You all know what has happened, hasn’t happened and ought to have happened. About that best that can be said is that the awful bits of the Housing And Planning Act 2016 were not brought into […]

The Bedworth bedroom conundrum

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council v RH and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2017) UKUT 471 (AAC) A very interesting (and perhaps surprising) Upper Tribunal 3 judge decision on the issue of ‘what is a bedroom’ for the purposes of Housing Benefit Reg 13 – the bedroom tax. RH occupied property described as […]