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Deposits, Lies and Unlawful Evictions

Zeeshan v Mahmood, County Court at Manchester, 27 October 2017. (Our grateful thanks to Amy Tagoe of Stephensons Solicitors for the following note of this unlawful eviction case) The Claimants were the tenants of a property owned by the Defendant by way of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 18th September 2012.  A deposit was paid in […]

How long has this been going on? – settled accommodation

Doka v London Borough of Southwark [2017] EWCA Civ 1532 The issue in this second appeal was what amounts to ‘settled accommodation’, sufficient to break the chain of causation of intentional homelessness. Mr D was homeless and in priority need. However, Southwark found he was intentionally homeless on the basis that his last settled accommodation […]

Job Ad – Islington

Islington Law Centre Head of Legal Practice The Law Centre is delighted to be seeking to appoint to a new post, the Head of Legal Practice.  The post holder will be an experienced practitioner, and will play a key role in developing our work over the coming period.  This is an exciting opportunity to join […]

Hide and Seek with Justice – A Rant

(Updated 26/10/2017 – at the bottom) Access to justice is one thing. Actually being able to find it another. This is the sorry, sad, truly pathetic tale of the fall out of the closure of Lambeth County Court. I’m sorry for length, but hell, it has been a long, painful trip. In late 2015, the […]

Significantly more vulnerable – how much, or what kind?

Panayiotou v London Borough of Waltham Forest (2017) EWCA Civ 1624 This is an important court of appeal decision on the meaning of ‘significantly’ in Lord Neuberger’s definition of vulnerability under s.189(1)(c) Housing Act 1996 in Hotak v Southwark LBC (2015) UKSC 30, [2016] AC 811 (our report). Lord Neuberger, at 53, said: “Accordingly, I consider that the approach […]

Job Ads – North East and Norwich

Kyles Legal are looking for housing/debt/welfare supervisors and case workers for various types of contracts under the forthcoming civil legal aid tender application round.  The jobs would be based in one of our North East offices and would have a start date from June 2018.  Anyone interested to contact Nick via email on office@kyleslegal.co.uk   […]

Guidance on reducing homelessness

The DCLG has published the draft statutory code of guidance to accompany the Homelessness Reduction Act (in force from April 2018). The draft code is now subject to 8 weeks consultation. The DCLG has also announced the fairly small additional sums that councils will, initially, receive to implement the Act. This Guidance will no doubt […]

Job Ads – London

Shepherds Bush Housing Association A community focused housing association, SBHA strives to be recognised as the best in London for our homes and services. We’ve embarked on an exciting journey of transformational change and as part of this, we are improving how we deliver services to residents on our mixed schemes.  We are recruiting a Housing […]

Vulnerability, medical evidence & Now Medical

Thomas v Lambeth LBC, County Court at Central London, 16 March 2017 This is a s.204 appeal in the County Court of a vulnerability decision by Lambeth. A copy of the transcript of judgment is here. Of particular interest is that the judgment concerns and indeed turns on Now Medical reports on the homeless applicant […]

Waiting for DCLG

During an exchange about the speech by the Secretary of State yesterday (more on that later I suspect – I’d quite like to do a conference round-up piece), it occured to me that there are an awful lot of actual housing law consultations that haven’t had a response yet. I just wanted to pull them […]