Andy Gale, misuse and me. FAO housing options officers

[Update 20/03/17 – Locata have come back to me again and are changing the relevant wording in the toolkit. The issue is resolved.] I didn’t want to have to write this, but sadly I have to, to protect my and our own position here on NL. Because Andy Gale (known to many in homelessness services) and […]

Discretionary Housing Payments and long term awards

R (on the application of Halvai) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC (2017) QBD (Admin) (Sara Cockerill QC) 09/03/2017 (Only on lawtel as an extempore judgment, as far as I can see) This was a judicial review of H&F’s refusal of Discretionary Housing Payments to Ms H. Ms H has severe autism and learning and behavioural […]

World enough and time – suitability, distance and time

Barakate v LB Brent. County Court at Central London. 16 October 2016 (copy of judgment) A section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeal of the suitability of LB Brent’s offer of private sector accommodation to Mr B of a property in Birmingham. Mr B, his wife and three daughters were in temporary accommodation in Brent, a […]

Erratum – s.21 flowchart

I am surprised it had not happened sooner, because there had to be some, but today someone spotted an error in the section 21 notice flowchart – specifically in the end-note about s.21(4)(a) notices for tenancies that were periodic from the outset. A corrected flowchart is now available here. All other reports of errors gratefully […]

More on housing costs for those under 22.

Following on from my rantlette on Saturday, some further light (and indeed fog) has been shed on the Govt proposals to remove the housing costs element of universal credit from those under 22 and how it is envisaged to work. John Healey MP, Shadow Housing Minister tabled an urgent question in the Commons today (Tuesday). […]

Doing the same thing twice, expecting different results.

After some noises in the press that a reconsideration was underway, the government, via the DWP, has decided that it is going to go ahead with removing housing benefit (or rather ‘housing costs element’ of Universal Credit) from anyone under the age of 22. The regulations, which were announced on last Friday afternoon, while the […]

Greenwich has problems with water

The ramifications of Jones v London Borough of Southwark (2016) EWHC 457 (Ch) (our report) rumble on. Following the finding that Southwark were a water reseller for the purposes of The Water Resale Order 2006 in adding water rates to the tenants’ rent, it is not a surprise that attention has turned to other councils (and housing associations) […]

“Perverse Incentives”

Osman, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Harrow (2017) EWHC 274 (Admin) A challenge to Harrow’s allocation policy, specifically on the ‘downgrading’ of allocation priority for overcrowded households in PRS accommodation, while existing Harrow tenants kept the higher priority for overcrowding on a transfer application. Ms O had been in Band A originally. […]

It ain’t what you do, but the way that you do it – property guardians & ‘licences’

(1) Camelot Property Management Ltd, (2) Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Greg Roynon. County Court at Bristol, 24 February 2017 (copy of Judgment) We’ve noted the issues bubbling away between Camelot and property guardians in Bristol (here, and here), and now we have a judgment – on a preliminary issue, but a judgment nonetheless – […]

Medley

Here are various bits and pieces, while we await big cases such as the Supreme Court decision in Poshteh v RB Kensington & Chelsea. (You can watch the hearing here.) We don’t usually promote events on Nearly Legal, but I am happy to make an exception for this one. Cornerstone Barristers are hosting the inaugural […]