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 […]

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 […]

There can be only one!

The MHCLG have announced a consultation ‘Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market’, which primarily about reviewing and reforming Ombudsman schemes in the housing sector, with the proposal floated for a single Ombudsman/redress scheme across the whole housing sector – social and private landlord, letting agents, tenants and buyers of new build properties. Even, it […]

Fitness for Human Habitation is go!

The Homes (Fitness for Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed second reading on 19 January, with a unanimous vote. The debate (interrupted by a Ministerial statement) is here and here. Because I can’t resist, here are Karen Buck’s closing remarks and the vote. (Out of shot – me being ecstatic in the gallery) […]

Fitness for Habitation – now with Govt support.

I am delighted, and delighted for Karen Buck MP, to be able to say that her Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill now has government support as well as that of the Labour opposition. (Previous posts on the then draft Bill are here and here). The published Bill for Second […]

The Bedworth bedroom conundrum

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council v RH and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2017) UKUT 471 (AAC) A very interesting (and perhaps surprising) Upper Tribunal 3 judge decision on the issue of ‘what is a bedroom’ for the purposes of Housing Benefit Reg 13 – the bedroom tax. RH occupied property described as […]

And the first shall not be last

London Borough of Haringey v Ahmed & Anor (2017) EWCA Civ 1861 This was Haringey’s appeal of a High Court decision dismissing Haringey’s claim for possession against Ms Ahmed (our report here).  A factual precis is that in 1988 two tenancy agreements were signed. The first by Ms A’s former husband, Mr A, (though with Ms […]