On the Naughty Step – ‘Accommodation Clubs’

To misquote Groucho Marx, you really don’t want to belong to any such club that would have you as a member. I’ve been hearing about these set ups for a while. They seem to be the latest thing in bloody stupid ‘get rich quick from residential property that someone else owns’ ideas. Now one of them […]

Automatic discharge of suspended possession order – it depends

Armstrong v Ashfield District Council (2018) EWCA Civ 873 Where a suspended possession order has provided for a future date of discharge, does that take effect even when the landlord has applied for a warrant on breach of terms in the interim and those proceedings are ongoing? Mr A was the secure tenant of Ashfield DC. […]

On a Housing Court and (not) making things simpler.

A specialist Housing Court is in the air. Sajid Javid, Minister for Housing. Communities and Local Government, has repeatedly mentioned ‘discussions’ with the judiciary on a housing court, ever since the last Tory conference in October. There has been no mention of any progress – and surely progress would have to involve the MoJ, not […]

How late it was, how late

On the death of a tenant (without successor, if there is a possible succession) section 18 Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994 provides: “Notices affecting land: service on personal representatives before filing of grant. (1) A notice affecting land which would have been authorised or required to be served on a person but for his […]

Possession and section 11, Children Act 2004

In Davies v Hertfordshire CC [2018] EWCA Civ 379, the Court of Appeal addressed the question of the relevance of s 11, Children Act 2004 on a mandatory possession claim brought by Herts against Mr Davies, a former school caretaker living in tied accommodation with his wife and four children.  Herts claimed mandatory possession on service […]

‘Can’t Pay..’ will have to pay.

Ali and Aslam v Channel 5 Broadcast Ltd (2018) EWHC 298 (Ch) I won’t go into detail – do read the judgment for the oddest mashup of housing law, media law and privacy law we have encountered (so far) – but suffice it to say that a husband and wife evicted by High Court Sheriffs […]

I can serve this only once – gas safety certificates

Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz. Central London County Court. 2 February 2018 (from note of judgment) First our thanks to Matthew Cannings of 3 Paper Buildings for note of judgment and Richard Cherry of 33 Bedford Row for details (counsel for appellant and respondent, respectively). This was an appeal to a circuit judge of […]

News bits

A post on a significant gas certificate/s.21 case will follow shortly, but for now a couple of news items… Regulations have been made bringing the Homelessness Reduction Act into force on 3 April 2018. The Statutory Code of Guidance has not yet been released, so everyone will have to hope that there aren’t many changes […]