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Job Ad – Derbyshire

Derbyshire Law Centre Housing Caseworker We are an independent Legal Charity based in Chesterfield, with services throughout Derbyshire and beyond.  A position has become available for a specialist housing caseworker with experience in homelessness, defending possession proceedings, and disrepair.  Ideally you should have a background in court advocacy and running a caseload under a Legal […]

The costs of dangerous cladding – leaseholders position

First Tier Tribunal LON/00AH/LSC/2017/0435 – Firstport Property Services Ltd v various leaseholders of Citiscape We previously saw the Salford decision on the costs of a ‘waking watch’ in a tower with ‘Grenfell’ style cladding, but this was the first, keenly awaited, decision on the liability of leaseholders of an affected building (here in Croydon) to […]

Job ads – Camden, London or North,

Osbornes Law Solicitor Osbornes was established in Camden in 1973 and currently has 110 lawyers and staff. We have a reputation for excellence and a strong commitment to its clients. Solicitor (2 to 5 PQE) required to work in a busy Housing Department for a firm in Camden Town, preferably with some experience in community […]

Errata – AST regulations and non-existent requirements.

Yes, there is indeed a backlog of cases to write up, covering issues from who pays for cladding removal, through Tribunals and the Human Rights Act, to the proper venue for a claim for accommodation pending s.204 appeal where there was no review decision. But a) busy and b) today at least, ill (just a […]

Job Ad – Bristol

Avon & Bristol Law Centre is seeking a Paralegal (part time) We are looking to recruit a new staff member to join the Law Centre who is able to provide paralegal casework support to our Housing Team (maternity cover) and in the long term to our Immigration & Asylum Team. We will consider applicants who […]

More vulnerability

Rother DC v Freeman-Loach [2018] EWCA Civ 368 is the latest installment on the interpretation of vulnerability for the purposes of homelessness law, with a sting in the tail about s 204A appeals.  Mr Freeman-Loach suffered from ostoarthritis, anxiety and depression, and, following a couple of strokes (the last in 2013), a speech impediment and […]

On a Housing Court and (not) making things simpler.

A specialist Housing Court is in the air. Sajid Javid, Minister for Housing. Communities and Local Government, has repeatedly mentioned ‘discussions’ with the judiciary on a housing court, ever since the last Tory conference in October. There has been no mention of any progress – and surely progress would have to involve the MoJ, not […]

How late it was, how late

On the death of a tenant (without successor, if there is a possible succession) section 18 Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994 provides: “Notices affecting land: service on personal representatives before filing of grant. (1) A notice affecting land which would have been authorised or required to be served on a person but for his […]

Bits and pieces

Yes, I know we still need to write up Rother District Council v Freeman-Roach (2018) EWCA Civ 368 on the approach to ‘significantly more vulnerable’ in homeless review decisions, and we will, we will. And there are other cases too. I also want to write something on the ‘housing court’ idea that is floating around. But […]