What’s another decade?

TW, SW, and EM, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Hillingdon (2018) EWHC 1791 This was a judicial review of Hillingdon’s allocation scheme and in particular, the thresholds for eligibility for inclusion on the housing list set by Hillingdon. The challenges were to these parts of the policy: (1) in para 2.2.4, […]

Facing up to it

Kamara v London Borough Of Southwark (2018) EWCA Civ 1616 In Makisi & Ors v Birmingham City Council (2011) EWCA Civ 355 (our report), the Court of Appeal decided that the right to make ‘oral submissions’ in response to a ‘minded to’ letter under 8(2) of the 1999 Review Procedures Regulations meant a right to request ‘face to […]

A question of authority – settled accommodation

Well now. I’m not sure what to make of this. The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in Doka v London Borough of Southwark. But… Doka v Southwark concerned what could amount to ‘settled accommodation’ for homelessness matters, and specifically for ‘breaking the chain’ of intentional homelessness. Our report on the Court of Appeal […]

Late and late again – intentional homelessness and benefit claims

Oduneye v Brent London Borough Council (2018) EWCA Civ 1595 (not on Bailii yet – judgment on Lexis) This was a second appeal from a s.204 appeal on Brent’s decision that Ms O was intentionally homeless. Ms O was in person. She had sought an adjournment to seek legal representation but this was a fortnight […]

How to Rent Guide – a bit of a snafu

There is a new version of the MHCLG ‘How to Rent Guide’ out (apparently updated on 6 July 2018). Though according to MHCLG it dates from 26 June 2018. This is because there was a bit of a mess up with the previous version. (Update. During the course of this afternoon, after this post and others […]

Gordian Knot(weed)

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor (2018) EWCA Civ 1514 Japanese knotweed nuisance cases – there are already many of these and (given the nature of the pestilential stuff) there will be more. In case you don’t know, Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that is all but impossible to eradicate (and must be […]

As the years roll by….

MHCLG have issued their consultation on ‘Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector’. The closing date is 26 August 2018. You may have seen this trailed as bringing in three year term assured shorthold tenancies. It may be, but legislating for that is only one of the options canvassed, others include […]

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 […]

‘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 […]