Allocations: A whiff of reform

And now for a housing-related post … Anybody reading the Sunday Times will have seen Grant Schapps talking about an allocations Consultation Paper that CLG are preparing.  Apparently, this will propose giving local authorities the power to set up their own allocations policies with their own priorities, allowing local people priority over those nasty foreigners […]

Con-Dem housing reform plans

Cameron and Shapps have trailed a consultation paper to be published as early as tomorrow with a “plan to end lifetime council tenancies” (Inside Housing and The Guardian) and a “home swap scheme to help tenants move” (Today Programme and Inside Housing) (hat-tip to Katie Brown (HLPA junior group), J, and Francis Davey – e-mail’s […]

Housing Benefit limits

You’ve probably already seen this, but new upper limits on housing benefit rates are to be introduced from next April (2011). For a three bed house, the upper limit will be £340 per week For a four bed house, the upper limit will be £400 per week LHA will be limited to between £250 and […]

Newham in the news

The London Borough of Newham is, without doubt, a hard-pressed council with extremely high levels of housing need, insufficient accommodation of any sort of decent quality to meet that need, and an engaged staff, as anybody who read Ahmad would tell you.  In spite of that, they do some excellent, top notch work.  For example,  […]

Events, dear boy, events…

A couple of bits of news. First, John Healey, the shy and self-effacing Housing Minister, announced his intention to make unlawful sub-letting a criminal offence. That said, the DCLG press release rather jumps the gun by describing the sub-lettings as fraudulent. In the smaller print, the ‘shop a sub-let and win £500‘ campaign and the […]

Rent arrears management – boring title, excellent report

Is it too much to hope that – finally – the Government might take steps to ameliorate and / or prevent the use of Ground 8? During the passage of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008, the Government gave a commitment to look again at the use of inter alia, Ground 8 in the social […]

Perhaps you should get a move on?

R (Joseph) v LB Newham [2009] EWHC 2983 (Admin) We noted the permission decision in this case back in September 2009 when I expressed the view that, if Newham lost this case then some fish-based humiliation was due to them. Well, the claim for judicial review has now been allowed and I stand by my […]

Allocations: Scope of Medical Reports

R(Bauer-Czarmonski) v Ealing LBC [2010] EWHC 130 (Admin) is a kind of a classic post-Ahmad decision in that, rather than being a challenge to the CBL Locata scheme as a whole, it relates to the way in which Mr Bauer-Czarnomski’s application was treated by Locata; that is to say, it concerns taking into account immaterial […]

Transfers and rent arrears

The question of the interaction between housing debt and prioritisation for an allocation under Part VI, Housing Act 1996, appears to have been in issue in R(Osei) v Newham LBC Lettings Agency, decided on 27.01.10.  I say “appears to” because, as of yet, no transcript is available – summaries appear on Lawtel and Lexis – […]

It's a confused world out there…

And for the new year, it seems an opportune moment to delve into the Nearly Legal search logs in a vaguely quixotic attempt to provide answers to some of the questions that brought people here. Alternatively, where this is not possible, we can stare in mute bewilderment at what was behind the question… It is […]