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When a long lease is a shorthold.

While on leasehold issues, this has been floating around for a bit, but I don’t think it has had the attention and awareness it deserves (perhaps particularly from conveyancers). With all the fuss/scandal around leasehold houses and multiplying ground rent clauses, a more general issue with long leases and ground rent has been overlooked. The […]

‘Renovations’ and Forfeiture – Don’t do this!

The Times reports on a story of forfeiture of a residential lease (paywall or limited free access). I’m noting this not because of any particular legal complications, but because it is one of the relatively rare examples where forfeiture actually happened. It is also because I got a lot of responses expressing astonishment that such […]

Mobile home security

In John Romans Park Homes Ltd v Hancock [2018] UKUT 249 (LC), Martin Rodger QC, Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal, made an interesting, tricky, but important distinction concerning the criteria for when a park provides security for a mobile home.  Mobile home security is dependent on whether the park is a “protected site”: Mobile Homes […]

Who needs rules?

Part 2, Housing and Planning Act 2016 (banning orders, rogue landlord database etc) came into force in April 2018. In very general terms, it created various new jurisdictions for the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), e.g. a local authority applied to the FTT (PC) for a banning order; challenges to fixed penalty notices go to […]

Job ads: Greenwich, Edinburgh/Glasgow, Plymouth

Greenwich Housing Rights Director £46,000 to £50,000 (depending on experience) plus 5% pension contribution 30 days annual leave 35 hours per week Greenwich Housing Rights is seeking a Director with significant experience of developing and delivering sustainable Legal Aid funded services, to take the organisation on its next stage of development.  This new Director post […]

Still more on 1 October – HMOs, storeys and rooms.

I thought we’d already covered this, but it turns out we haven’t fully. So, from 1 October 2018, the definition of a HMO subject to mandatory licensing changes, and separately there are new room size requirements. The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description)(England) Order 2018 removes the requirement that a licensable HMO must […]

More on 1 October – breach of Suspended Possession Order

On 1 October 2018, The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2018 will come into effect. The bit that concerns us is basically a one line change to Part 83 Civil Procedure Rules 1998 codifying the position that there is no need to make a separate Part 83(2) application for permission for a warrant for […]

Autumn – mellow fruitfulness and new section 21 rules

When we reach 1 October 2018, provisions of the Deregulation Act 2015 come into force, affecting all assured shorthold tenancies that commenced before 1 October 2015. Quite what those provisions are is a bit complicated, and may yet be subject to further change, but this is what it currently looks like. What will happen is […]

Job ad – Cardiff

Shelter Cymru Solicitor Location: Cardiff office Hours: 35 hours per week Salary: £28,000- £31,000 per annum (dependent upon experience) We are looking for an enthusiastic full time Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law & to represent homeless people or people in housing need in Wales. The post-holder will be expected to provide a […]

Eviction companies, conducting litigation, and defective notices

Kassam v Gill & Gill (13th August 2018, County Court at Birmingham) (copy of judgment here) Regular readers and long term twitter followers will know that we tend to take a dim view of unqualified, unregulated ‘evict your tenant’ set ups. Here is a very interesting case involving just such a company and in which […]