Fitness for Habitation – a thumbnail guide

As of 20 December 2018, we have the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. This is a quick (very quick) overview of the Act and how it works. For a more detailed version, there may well be a forthcoming book… The Act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 sections 8 to 10 and […]

Finally! – Fitness for Human Habitation passes

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill passed Third Reading in the House of Lords on 19 December. If you are reading this on 20 December, it might even already be an Act, as it may receive royal assent on 20 December. The Bill/Act provides that it comes into force 3 months from ‘being passed’, […]

Of HHSRS and Hiatuses

A couple of things… MHCLG have issued an “Addendum for the profile for the hazard of fire and in relation to cladding systems on high rise residential buildings” to the operating guidance to the HHSRS in relation to ACM cladding. The aim is: to provide guidance on the assessment of high-rise residential buildings with unsafe […]

All out of Proportion

We saw the case of McDonald v McDonald through the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that as between private parties, there was no right to a proportionality review of eviction under the Section 21 possession claim procedure. Now, in FJM v United Kingdom, App No 76202/16, 29 November 2018, the European […]

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 […]