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Homelessness and capacity

In WB v W DC (2018) EWCA Civ 928, the Court of Appeal revisited the question of whether a person without capacity to make choices about their accommodation can make an application for homelessness assistance.  The House of Lords in R v Tower Hamlets LBC ex p Ferdous Begum (1993) AC 509 (linked with Garlick, in which it was […]

Whose jurisdiction is it anyway?

Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC) As many readers will of this blog will be aware we have a number of different courts and tribunals involved in residential property. In some cases, notably leasehold service charges, there is sometimes a need to engage with two of these entities (namely the County […]

Jod ad – Tyneside

Kyles Legal Position: Housing Supervisor (Legal Aid Contract) Location: North Shields/South Shields Closing date: 31st July 2018 Role details Immediate start Salary: £25000-30000 (depending on experience) (plus Pension Scheme) Salary pro rata: No Hours per week: 37 hours per week Type of contract: Permanent We have a vacancy for a Housing Supervisor to run our new Legal Aid […]

‘How to rent’ updated (and other non statutory guides)

A new ‘How to Rent’ Booklet was released today (26 June 2018) by MHCLG. This version must be provided to the tenant by the landlord (not just a link) for all new assured shorthold tenancies and replacement ASTs (including statutory periodic tenancies) that arise from now on. At least until the next version. A copy […]

Fitness for Human Habitation – developments

What was the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Building Standards) Bill went through Committee stage in the House of Commons today, 20 June. I’m delighted to say that it went smoothly, with the only amendments proposed and passed being those brought by Karen Buck MP herself. The Bill as amended – now […]

Job ad – Holborn

Mary Ward Legal Centre Housing Lawyer Mary Ward Legal Centre is going through an exciting period of growth and is expanding its services. Do you want to join a friendly and committed team of Housing Solicitors and help develop our new services? We are looking to recruit a full-time Housing lawyer to undertake a wide […]

Late review decisions and homeless appeals

Muloko v Newham LBC, County Court at Central London 6 April 2018 This is from a note of the judgment in June 2018 Legal Action – Housing: Recent Developments. I usually wait a month or two on reporting cases from Legal Action, but I report it now as it has some considerable importance, at least […]

Damages for badly performed homeless duties?

Brief notes on a couple of cases, both, in different ways, approaching the issue of whether a homeless applicant can claim for damages arising from the bad performance of the local authority’s statutory duties. McDonagh, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Enfield (2018) EWHC 1287 (Admin) Ms M was in unsuitable private […]