The Blog

Doing the same thing twice, expecting different results.

After some noises in the press that a reconsideration was underway, the government, via the DWP, has decided that it is going to go ahead with removing housing benefit (or rather ‘housing costs element’ of Universal Credit) from anyone under the age of 22. The regulations, which were announced on last Friday afternoon, while the […]

Greenwich has problems with water

The ramifications of Jones v London Borough of Southwark (2016) EWHC 457 (Ch) (our report) rumble on. Following the finding that Southwark were a water reseller for the purposes of The Water Resale Order 2006 in adding water rates to the tenants’ rent, it is not a surprise that attention has turned to other councils (and housing associations) […]

“Perverse Incentives”

Osman, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Harrow [2017] EWHC 274 (Admin) A challenge to Harrow’s allocation policy, specifically on the ‘downgrading’ of allocation priority for overcrowded households in PRS accommodation, while existing Harrow tenants kept the higher priority for overcrowding on a transfer application. Ms O had been in Band A originally. […]

Job ads – N London

Osbornes Solicitors LLP Osbornes was established in Camden in 1973 and currently has 105 lawyers and staff. We have a reputation for excellence and a strong commitment to its clients. Two experienced Housing Solicitors (1-4 PQE) are required for a thriving and expanding Housing and Social Welfare Department in this Lexcel-accredited firm. One position is […]

It ain’t what you do, but the way that you do it – property guardians & ‘licences’

(1) Camelot Property Management Ltd, (2) Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Greg Roynon. County Court at Bristol, 24 February 2017 (copy of Judgment) We’ve noted the issues bubbling away between Camelot and property guardians in Bristol (here, and here), and now we have a judgment – on a preliminary issue, but a judgment nonetheless – […]

Medley

Here are various bits and pieces, while we await big cases such as the Supreme Court decision in Poshteh v RB Kensington & Chelsea. (You can watch the hearing here.) We don’t usually promote events on Nearly Legal, but I am happy to make an exception for this one. Cornerstone Barristers are hosting the inaugural […]

Failings and functions

BBC News reported on the effect of the Retaliatory Eviction provisions in the Deregulation Act, some 16 months on. A large scale FOI request produced the result that only 19% of councils had recorded stopping even 1 retaliatory eviction through service of an Improvement Notice or Emergency Remedial Action Notice. This does not come as […]

Who knows where? – service and the Land Registry

Service of notices, claims etc on ‘last known address’ can be a bit of a thorny issue. Not least the question of the extent of reasonable inquiries to find the missing person before the ‘last known address’ can be relied on for service. Thus the intriguing possibilities in: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council v Tanna [2017] […]

Job ad – Birmingham

Shelter Paralegal £20,503-£21,528 pa, plus excellent benefits Birmingham Closing date: 26 February 2017 (at 11.30 pm) We’re looking for a results-driven, commercially aware individual to join our efficient legal team in Birmingham as a Paralegal. While direct experience of housing litigation and legal aid would be ideal, we are more interested in your intellectual aptitude […]

Service charges, contracts, social housing and subsidies

Thomas Homes Ltd v Colin MacGregor [2016] UKUT 495 (LC) An interesting question. To what extent, if at all, can leaseholders’ service charges be set at a level to ‘subsidise’ a shortfall as against actual maintenance costs in service charges recoverable from social tenants in flats provided under a section 106 agreement. The difficulties in […]