A Housing Court – MHCLG have some odd questions for you.

And so the promised ‘call for evidence’ on the need for and outline of a specialist Housing Court has come to pass. And, frankly, what an odd thing it is. First, the MCHLG press release is headed Except the one thing that is definitely not happening in this is the unveiling of any actual proposals. […]

The way of the Wilsons

With a sense of grinding inevitability, and a smidgen of schadenfreude, once more Fergus and Judith Wilson feature in these pages. (Here is the previous trail). This time, the appearance is for Judith Wilson being found guilty of failing to comply with a Housing Act 2004 enforcement order requiring her to remedy a defective hot […]

Who needs a wall anyway? Unfit to occupy and risk of collapse

Baillie v Savage (2018) EWHC 3035 Or, the significance of tenancy agreement clauses. A tenant had signed a two year tenancy on a house. There was no break clause. £34,000 in rent – for the full term – was paid in advance. After moving in, the tenant contacted the landlord’s agent to say that a front […]

You ain’t the boss of me (yet)

Barrow & Anoe v Kazim & Ors (2018) EWCA Civ 2414 When a section 21 notice is served, does the party serving it (or on whose behalf it is served) have to be the tenant’s landlord at that time? The situation in this second appeal was one that is now not unusual. The previous property owners […]

Harassment – when new evidence isn’t.

Taiwo v Homelets of Bath Ltd (2018) EWHC 2757 (QB) This was Homelets of Bath appeal from first instance judgment against them on Ms T’s claim for harassment under Prevention of Harassment Act 1997 and Protection from Eviction Act 1977, and assault and false imprisonment, with damages to be assessed. Homelets were (and apparently are) a […]

Catching up – forfeiture & AST regulations

A couple of catch-up/postscript notes. We looked at Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce (2017) UKUT 377 (TCC) before – our report here – the landlord’s forfeiture was held to be invalid and premature. Well, Cheerupmate2 Ltd appealed to the Court of Appeal. Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce (2018) EWCA Civ 2230 Both parties were still unrepresented. The Court of Appeal held […]

Late, later, too late

North v Tyndale. Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court (4 October 2018) (Thanks to Nik Nicol, One Pump Court and Sadikur Rahman, Edwards Duthie for note of decision on which this is based). So, from the Supreme Court, to a first instance county court decision, but one that raises and probably disposes of, a certain line […]

Who lives in a shared home like this?

Nottingham City Council v Parr & Anor [2018] UKSC 51 It is not every day you see the Supreme Court setting HMO licence conditions, but today is that day. This was Nottingham’s appeal from the Court of Appeal (and before that, the Upper Tribunal, and the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)) on the issue of […]

Section 21 flowchart – now with grey areas

I finally updated the ‘validity of section 21 notices’ flowchart to take into account the 1 October 2018 changes.  I’ve also included grey areas (literally). The ‘grey areas’ are where current case law, or the operation of statute, mean that things may change, or there is a question still to be decided between different views. […]