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And the first shall not be last

London Borough of Haringey v Ahmed & Anor (2017) EWCA Civ 1861 This was Haringey’s appeal of a High Court decision dismissing Haringey’s claim for possession against Ms Ahmed (our report here).  A factual precis is that in 1988 two tenancy agreements were signed. The first by Ms A’s former husband, Mr A, (though with Ms […]

Job Ad – Manchester

AWH Legal Ltd, based in Manchester are looking to recruit a disrepair fee earner with extensive experience and a robust approach to litigation. Experience of EPA 1990 actions in the magistrate court would be useful, though not essential.  AWH Legal has a rapidly expanding housing department representing tenants of social landlords and can offer an […]

Incurred and incurred again

Under section 20B(1) Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, a service charge must be demanded of the tenant within 18 months of the relevant cost having been incurred by the landlord. But what happens when there is a head landlord demanding a charge from an intermediate landlord who, in turn, passes the cost on to their […]

Doing the same thing all over again

Walcott v Jones & Jones. Central London County Court, 15 November 2017 (Not on Bailii. A note on Lawtel) A county court appeal, on an issue that quite a few (though mostly not practitioners) have raised with me elsewhere. Does a periodic tenancy count as being repeatedly ‘renewed/granted’? Ms W was the landlord of the […]

Job Ad – Widnes

Knox Ellis Solicitors based in Widnes are a niche housing law firm looking to recruit a disrepair fee earner with extensive experience and a robust approach. Legal 500 firm with a great reputation representing social landlords and an attractive package for the right candidate. Please email CV & covering letter to    

Job Ads – Birmingham and Bradford

Community Law Partnership Housing Court Duty Possession Scheme Advocate (Temp maternity cover) We have a temporary position available for an experienced advocate to provide advice, assistance and advocacy to tenants and mortgagors facing possession proceedings at Birmingham County Court.  The scheme is very busy.  You will be at Birmingham County Court every working day and […]

Re-classifying housing associations

Slightly under the radar (possibly), but of enormous significance, the ONS has re-classified housing associations (or private registered providers of social housing – in the new language which I can’t get used to) as private sector, and in so doing has wiped around £60billion off the public sector debt.  It is this re-classification which has given […]

Accelerated but longer

HMCTS have released a new N5B claim form – the claim form for accelerated possession proceedings after service of a section 21 notice. The new form (finally?!) takes into account all of the post 1 October 2015 changes to the validity of a section 21 notice. The new form  requires the landlord to complete confirmations […]

Time to contact your MP – Homes Fit For Habitation

As I may have reminded you once or twice already (and no doubt will again), the second reading of Karen Buck MP’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill is on 19 January 2018. This is a private members bill. It is very rare for private bills to become law, mostly because of […]

Universal Credit – here comes the homelessness

[Update 22 November 2018. In the Budget, the Govt has said that: a) the 7 days without any payment after UC claim will be scrapped b) For those with existing HB/LHA claims, there will be a two week overlap of existing HB/LHA payments after the UC claim date (not clear if repayable and if so […]