Fairness for hedges

R(Pelling) v Newham LBC [2011] EWHC 3265 (Admin), 28.10.2011 (not on Bailii yet) It’s fair to say that I have an unnatural (purely) academic interest in high hedges – my colleagues laugh every time I try to discuss it sensibly.  I’ve always found it discursively significant that provisions about high hedges were included in the […]

Ain’t no Cicero

This, the second post on the riot related possession proposals (the first is here), looks at an article published on the ConservativeHome website by Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Grant Shapps, and Tory MP for the gritty urban constituency of Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire. OK, that last bit may be a bit […]

Losing localism

Or, more accurately ‘locality’. Sorry if that got anyone excited over nothing. As has been widely announced, the DCLG consultation on introducing a mandatory ground for possession on grounds of conviction for a housing related ASB offence etc, previously discussed here, has been amended to include a question on amending Ground 2 of Schedule 2 […]

Wandsworth: headed for the naughty step?

As is now pretty well known (and as I noted in the comments below this post) Wandsworth Council apparently made a bid to bring the first riot related possession proceedings. There are some things about Wandsworth’s behaviour that should be pointed out, but it also turns out that all might not be as it seems, […]

Evicting rioters: a brief note

As a number of Councils and Housing Associations in London, Manchester, Salford and Birmingham say that they intend to evict tenants involved in rioting (and Grant Shapps has jumped in to back them, as has David Cameron), we’ve been requested to take a quick look at the relevant grounds of Housing Acts 1985 and 1988 […]

And what kind of chocolate would you like your teapot?

The DCLG has put out a consultation, announced by Grant Shapps (again), on proposals to bring in a mandatory ground for possession for Anti Social Behaviour. The closing date is 27 October 2011. I had a look at Shapps’ initial announcement back in January. This time there is a bit more detail. Has it got […]

Back in the consulting room

R (Peat and others) v Hyndburn DC [2011] EWHC 1739 (Admin) is the first successful challenge to a selective licensing scheme. We’ve previously covered the permission hearings (here and here). It’s quite a fun judgment to read, if only for the absolute kicking that the authority get over their consultation exercise. Selective licensing is, in […]

Dealing, closure and possession

Hammersmith and Fulham LBC v Forbes Willesden County Court 14 April 2011 While we are on County Court proceedings based on drugs and nuisance (see the previous post), this is a possession case following closure orders and allegations of dealing. Hat tip to ‘Recent Developments in Housing Law’ Legal Action June 2011 for the details. […]

Mudslinging, evidence and possession of different kinds

Barking & Dagenham LBC v Bakare, Imevbore & Imevbore. Romford County Court 14/03/2011 HHJ Platt [unreported elsewhere] A county court case, but one with some interesting issues. Also a cautionary tale on being able to actually provide evidence of allegations and raising matters in the right proceedings. Barking had applied within existing possession proceedings for […]

An opportunity to reform

Hat tip to Legal Action’s Recent Developments in Housing Law for letting us know about this one. Westlea Housing Association v Price, Swindon County Court, 20 & 21 Jan 2011 An ASB possession case, successfully defended at least partly on the basis that the landlord had failed to give support or seek intervention by social […]