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Landlord’s access and actually turning up

New Crane Wharf Freehold Ltd v Dovener (LANDLORD AND TENANT – clause in lease required tenant to permit the landlord to enter) (2019) UKUT 98 (LC) What counts as ‘refusing access’, where a landlord has a contractual right to access on notice? This rather odd Upper Tribunal case does at least provide a degree of […]

I Hate Those MEESes to Pieces*

Introduction 1st April 2019 saw the introduction of the significantly amended Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for private sector landlords. These provisions have been delayed several times and fudged around a fair bit along the way. These regulations are made pursuant to powers granted by Chapter 2, Energy Act 2011. The regulations were originally made […]

Job ads – Camden, Oxford

Osbornes Law We require a solicitor (2 to 4 PQE) to work in our busy Housing Department with experience of running disrepair claims, other housing law casework, and preferably with legal aid supervisor status. Apply with CV to Shilpa Mathuradas, Osbornes, Livery House, 7-9 Pratt Street, London NW1 0AE. Email: sandrahillard@osbornes.net Closing date 11th April 2019 Turpin and Miller […]

Property Guardians and HMOs – guilty

For some reason that, quite frankly, escapes me, assorted ‘powers that be’ have been non-committal on whether the Housing Act 2004 provisions on HMOs, licensing etc., and also the Part 1 enforcement of conditions and HHSRS, apply to properties occupied by property guardians. Local authorities, the London Mayor’s office and even MHCLG have all been […]

Second possession orders and estoppel

Salix Homes v Mantato (2019) EWCA Civ 445 A court of appeal decision on a first instance application, where the main issue was whether, given an historic possession order, the landlord could bring fresh possession proceedings. Mr Mantato was Salix Homes assured tenant from 2015. Before that, he had been the secure tenant of Salford City […]

Job Ad – Hackney

Dowse & Co Solicitors Role: Housing Law Solicitor / Case worker Hours: Part time or full time role. Qualifications: 1-5 PQE Solicitor or experienced Paralegal Salary: Based on PQE and relevant experience. Details:  We are expanding our Housing Law department by recruiting a dedicated and enthusiastic Solicitor. We advise clients on a range of housing […]

The worst Part VII homeless decision ever?

There are bad homeless decisions by local authorities. We’ve all seen them. Findings of intentional homelessness for being evicted for complaining about a broken shower, or being evicted for getting pregnant in an HMO that didn’t allow children. Decisions that stated that being sexually assaulted was just one of those things that happened to homeless […]

Game of forfeits

Golding v Martin (2019) EWCA Civ 446 It seems to be a bit of a thing, buying a leasehold flat, then leaving it unoccupied, moving abroad and forgetting about rent and service charges. Semi-fortunately for the leaseholder in this second appeal, the outcome was different to this previous example of doing that, but still the […]