Dead and gone

The mopping up of the tail end of tolerated trespasser cases continues. Barry Austin v LB Southwark [2008] EWCA Civ 66 was the Court of Appeal hearing of the appeal from the High Court hearing we noted earlier. The issue at stake was whether Mr Austin would have a right to apply under s.85 HA […]

Right to Buy and suitable alternative accommodation

Where a possession order is sought under Ground 16 Schedule 2 Housing Act 1985 (under-occupation on succession), what happens to the tenant’s right to buy? And is this a factor in weighing the suitability of alternative accommodation and the reasonableness of making an order? Manchester City Council v Benjamin [2008] EWCA Civ 189, a Court […]

All back to mine

After yesterday’s note, an all too brief comment on an interesting Court of Appeal case defended by the firm of a regular reader/commenter, William Flack of Flack & Co. Wandsworth v Randall [2007] EWCA Civ 1126 The situation – son succeeds to a parent’s secure tenancy on their death. The son is, at that point, […]

Housing case flood

Just a note. Comments to follow, asap. Court of Appeal: Wandsworth v Randall [2007] EWCA Civ 1126 Succession and possession for under-occupation. London Borough of Southwark v Dennett [2007] EWCA Civ 1091 Right to Buy, Delay and Misfeasance in Public Office Administrative Court: Casey, R (on the application of) v Restormel Borough Council [2007] EWHC […]

Ooops – disproportionate strike-out

A certain amount of amusement has been circulating around London housing firms at the Court of Appeal judgment in London Borough of Southwark -v- Onayomake [2007] EWCA Civ 1426 (Bailii link, or link to WLR case note here, but may only be briefly freely available). Or perhaps Schadenfreude would be the more accurate term. Mr […]

Succession in secure tenancies – House of Lords

An eminently sensible House of Lords decision today in Birmingham CC -v- Walker [2007] UKHL 22, maintaining the sensible Court of Appeal decision ([2006] 1 WLR 2641). At issue was whether a transmission or change of a tenancy in one of the forms set out in Housing Act 1980, s.88.1 as constituing a succession counted […]