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Youth Legal Housing Solicitor Job An exciting position still remains open for a Solicitor to supervise and develop our housing law work.  Youth Legal is a specialist legal advice service for young people providing independent legal advice that is youth centered and suited to young people’s needs.  We have a Legal Aid Agency contract in […]

Shaken but not successful – the problems of nuisance

Dr Amanda Lindsay v Berkley Homes (Capital) PLC (2018) QBD (TCC) 13/07/2018 (Extempore judgment reported on Lawtel) Dr Lindsay owned a leasehold flat. She had brought a claim (in person) arising out of works to demolish a concrete basement to the building carried out as part of a development. Berkley Homes were the name Defendant […]

What’s another decade?

TW, SW, and EM, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Hillingdon (2018) EWHC 1791 This was a judicial review of Hillingdon’s allocation scheme and in particular, the thresholds for eligibility for inclusion on the housing list set by Hillingdon. The challenges were to these parts of the policy: (1) in para 2.2.4, […]

Facing up to it

Kamara v London Borough Of Southwark (2018) EWCA Civ 1616 In Makisi & Ors v Birmingham City Council (2011) EWCA Civ 355 (our report), the Court of Appeal decided that the right to make ‘oral submissions’ in response to a ‘minded to’ letter under 8(2) of the 1999 Review Procedures Regulations meant a right to request ‘face to […]

A question of authority – settled accommodation

Well now. I’m not sure what to make of this. The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in Doka v London Borough of Southwark. But… Doka v Southwark concerned what could amount to ‘settled accommodation’ for homelessness matters, and specifically for ‘breaking the chain’ of intentional homelessness. Our report on the Court of Appeal […]

Late and late again – intentional homelessness and benefit claims

Oduneye v Brent London Borough Council (2018) EWCA Civ 1595 (not on Bailii yet – judgment on Lexis) This was a second appeal from a s.204 appeal on Brent’s decision that Ms O was intentionally homeless. Ms O was in person. She had sought an adjournment to seek legal representation but this was a fortnight […]

How to Rent Guide – a bit of a snafu

There is a new version of the MHCLG ‘How to Rent Guide’ out (apparently updated on 6 July 2018). Though according to MHCLG it dates from 26 June 2018. This is because there was a bit of a mess up with the previous version. (Update. During the course of this afternoon, after this post and others […]

Gordian Knot(weed)

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor (2018) EWCA Civ 1514 Japanese knotweed nuisance cases – there are already many of these and (given the nature of the pestilential stuff) there will be more. In case you don’t know, Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that is all but impossible to eradicate (and must be […]

As the years roll by….

MHCLG have issued their consultation on ‘Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector’. The closing date is 26 August 2018. You may have seen this trailed as bringing in three year term assured shorthold tenancies. It may be, but legislating for that is only one of the options canvassed, others include […]