Of new tenancy terms and unfortunate neologisms

It has been almost four years since Karen Buck MP, Justin Bates and I first conceived of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill (version 1), and it has been quite the rollercoaster since then. Now, as of today, 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, (version 2, or 4, depending […]

Forthcoming…

In case you needed reminding (and don’t worry, there will be another reminder), the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force for new tenancies this coming Wednesday, 20 March. Our thumbnail guide is here and some thoughts on ‘fitness’ in relation to Section 1 Defective Premises Act 1972 cases here. And MHCLG […]

Getting a policy wrong – Housing Act 2004 enforcement in Hull

Humber Landlords Association v Hull City Council (2019) EWHC 332 (Admin) (not on Baiili yet, copy of the judgment here). There are many unfortunate ways for claimants to lose a judicial review. But being told that your challenge is based on you getting the policy you are challenging wrong is up there in the ‘somewhat […]

Broken windows and temporary repairs.

Blue Manchester Ltd v North West Ground Rents Ltd [2019] EWHC 142 (TCC) I’m not going to go into great detail on this case, despite its various enticing complications – an iconic new Manchester building (pictured above), Carillion (the contractor on construction) going into receivership, and the idiosyncratic view of the Manchester weather of HHJ […]

Bits of news and things to respond to.

Assorted things… MHCLG have published guidance for tenants, landlords and local authorities on the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – or as they call it, ‘the Homes Act’. There are separate guidance documents for tenants, landlords and local authorities, all available here. On the tenant guidance, I would add before taking proceedings, try […]

On sewer covers, gardens and responsibilities

Rogerson v Bolsover District Council (2019) EWCA Civ 226 A court of appeal case on when the landlord’s duty under section 4 Defective Premises Act 1972 is engaged and whether there is any duty to inspect. Ms R was Bolsover DC’s tenant. The property was a house with a front garden. The tenancy began in […]

Rights and Right to rent

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2019) EWHC 452 (Admin) (For transparency, I acted for one of the interveners, the Residential Landlords Association, in this case.) This was a judicial review claim by JCWI of the Right to Rent Scheme, as […]

No release from gas

Trecarrel House Limited v Rouncefield, County Court at Exeter, 13 February 2019 (unreported elsewhere) The gas safety certificate section 21 wars rumble on. Following Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz (our note here), we have a further County Court appeal decision. This time from Exeter and concerning s.36(7) of the 1998 Gas Safety Regulations. That […]

U Can’t Do This*

This is another in what turns out to be an occasional series of unregulated, unqualified ‘Evictions R Us’ outfits making catastrophic errors and costing their clients large amounts of money. You may recall Kassam v Gill & Gill, featuring ‘Remove a Tenant’. Now we have another example. Ojo & Opaleye v McAuliffe, County Court at […]

HHSRS Review

A company called RHE Global in Carmarthenshire has been appointed by MHCLG to conduct a review of the HHSRS.  They want responses by 24th February to an online questionnaire (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5KBYJDD) particularly from tenants and those organisations and services which provide support and advice to tenants.  There are 17 questions – this does not appear to […]