More on 1 October – breach of Suspended Possession Order

On 1 October 2018, The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2018 will come into effect. The bit that concerns us is basically a one line change to Part 83 Civil Procedure Rules 1998 codifying the position that there is no need to make a separate Part 83(2) application for permission for a warrant for […]

Equality Act and Evictions

Paragon Asra Housing Limited v James Neville [2018] EWCA Civ 1712 An appeal on the issue of whether disability discrimination should be considered afresh on an application for stay of warrant following breach of a suspended possession order. Mr N was Paragon’s assured tenant. Following possession proceedings on grounds of nuisance and harassment, defended on […]

Allocations and Equality Act

R(Gullu) v LB Hillingdon [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) Well now. This was another challenge to LB Hillingdon’s policy of requiring 10 years residence in borough for admission to the housing register. It follows after TW, SW, and EM, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Hillingdon (2018) EWHC 1791 (our note here) which found […]

When help with wood pellet fuel means no right to buy

Milton Keynes Council v Bailey (HOUSING – Right to Buy) [2018] UKUT 207 (LC) A bit of an oddity, this one, but there is perhaps a broader principle. Paragraph 11 of Schedule 5 to Housing Act 1985 provides that a property is exempt from the Right to Buy where: 11.— (1) The right to buy […]

Until death us do terminate

We reported a county court appeal on the issue of termination of tenancy of a deceased tenant by service of notice on the Public Trustee in Pavey v LB Hackney here. The problem being when the notice to quit was not served on the Estate (at the property) and the Public Trustee at the same time, […]

Fitness for Human Habitation – developments

What was the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Building Standards) Bill went through Committee stage in the House of Commons today, 20 June. I’m delighted to say that it went smoothly, with the only amendments proposed and passed being those brought by Karen Buck MP herself. The Bill as amended – now […]

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. […]

Councils behaving badly – Part whatever

With grateful thanks to Housing: Recent Developments in March 2018 Legal Action comes this report of a county court case for unlawful eviction. What makes it slightly unusual is that the perpetrator landlord was a council. Lutman v Ashford BC, County Court at Canterbury, 5 October 2017 From 2011, Mrs Lutman was the secure tenant […]