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 […]

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 […]

“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 – […]

Failings and functions

BBC News reported on the effect of the Retaliatory Eviction provisions in the Deregulation Act, some 16 months on. A large scale FOI request produced the result that only 19% of councils had recorded stopping even 1 retaliatory eviction through service of an Improvement Notice or Emergency Remedial Action Notice. This does not come as […]

Tales of the private sector

A collation of cases and stories from the private sector, and a series of reminders that a database of rogue landlords, and indeed banning orders, can’t come soon enough. In Sheffield, John Cashin was convicted of 56 offences involving HMO management, failure to provide information, failure to licence and property conditions: Five properties, on Abbeydale […]

We’re going to need another canto – 2016 roundup

“We to the place have come, where I have told thee Thou shalt behold the people dolorous Who have foregone the good of intellect.” (canto 3) Midway between Christmas and new year, I found myself, fat and indolent, on the sofa, contemplating a year-end post. The trouble with 2016, I realised, is that it made […]

Suspense surrounds suspended possession orders

Ever since Cardiff City Council v Lee [2016] EWCA Civ 1034 (our note), there has been a ferment and a gnashing of teeth amongst landlords, particularly social landlords, about the best way to deal with the ‘new’ requirement under CPR 83(2) to make an application with evidence for permission to request a warrant of possession on […]

Begging and questions

First the begging – or at least a request – though not on our own behalf. As you all know, the NL team all work on the blog for free. We do it because we all really enjoy reading, writing and thinking about housing law and we’re grateful (and still a bit amazed) that so […]

Rather too certain to be uncertain

Leeds City Council v Broadley [2016] EWCA Civ 1213 This was Leeds’ second appeal of a Valuation Tribunal decision on council tax liability. We covered the first High Court appeal here. Full disclosure, I acted for the intervener in this second appeal, the Residential Landlords Association, with Justin Bates (or as it turns out, Bate) […]