No isn’t an answer – access for works

Liverpool Mutual Homes v Mensah, County Court at Liverpool. 31 August 2017. (Thanks to Legal Action Housing Repairs Update May 2019 for this case) This is perhaps a rather obvious point, but reminders can never hurt. M was LMH’s tenant. Following a disrepair letter of claim, there was a joint inspection by the parties’ experts. Some […]

Landlord’s access and actually turning up

New Crane Wharf Freehold Ltd v Dovener (LANDLORD AND TENANT – clause in lease required tenant to permit the landlord to enter) (2019) UKUT 98 (LC) What counts as ‘refusing access’, where a landlord has a contractual right to access on notice? This rather odd Upper Tribunal case does at least provide a degree of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Build defects and fitness for habitation

Rendlesham Estates Plc & Ors v Barr Ltd (2014) EWHC 3968 (TCC) Well, we did write this one up at the time (our report here), but I don’t think we quite appreciated the general significance of the case. We certainly didn’t anticipate that it might subsequently become otherwise significant because of a change in the […]