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 […]

Succession and discrimination – death or divorce

London Borough of Haringey v Simawi & Anor (2018) EWHC 2733 This was a challenge, arising from a possession claim, to the ‘one succession’ rule on secure tenancies. Mr S was the son of Mr and Mrs Simawi, who were the joint secure tenants of a Haringey property, beginning in 1994. The father died in […]

Property Guardians – licence not tenancy in office building

Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Khoo (2018) EWHC 2296 (QB)  I missed this at the time (July). I might well have been on holiday, but also it didn’t make the usual sources. This is quite a significant judgment on the issue of property guardians and the licence/tenancy distinction. This was Mr Khoo’s appeal of a […]

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 […]

How… How did THAT happen? corner

Another in our occasional series of cases that cause you to splutter into your coffee. Kirby v Salvation Army Hostel Association (2018) QBD 12/10/2018 (Unreported. Lawtel note of extempore judgment) As far as we can tell, Mr K had been occupying a room in a Salvation Army hostel. However, he had not paid any room […]

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 […]

Doing the same thing all over again

Sajid v Nuur (2018) CLCC, 30 July (Judgment here) A county court appeal arising out of a set of proceedings starting with a disrepair claim by a private sector tenant, which raises issues of service and when second proceedings are an abuse of process. Our thanks to Hardwicke Chambers for making the judgment available. Mr Sajid […]

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. […]

A noisy appeal

Curo Places Ltd v Walker [2018] EWHC 2462 (QB) This was Curo Places appeal of a Circuit Judge’s dismissal of its possession claim against Ms Walker. Ms W had a six year fixed term assured tenancy of a flat from Curo Places. Soon after the tenancy started, Ms W’s neighbour  in the downstairs flat began […]