Cat amongst the pigeons

In an interview in the Independent, Jeremy Corbyn has apparently announced that it will be Labour policy to end ‘no fault’ private sector evictions: Asked whether abolishing the “no fault” evictions would be part of the next Labour manifesto, he replied:  “Absolutely. Absolutely. I am very committed to housing and dealing with homelessness. I think it’s a […]

Ex parte’d, airbnb’d, departed

JKMK Consultancy Ltd v Goldie Properties Ltd,  QBD, 18 December 2017 (Note on lawtel, otherwise unreported) The run up to Christmas in any housing practice is usually awash with interim injunction threats and preparation. Lack of heating, hot water, electricity, toilets free of back surges, ceilings… That kind of thing. But here is an interim […]

Premature forfeiture

A couple of quick notes on forfeiture of leases. Cheerupmate2 Ltd v Calce (2017) UKUT 377 (TCC) Forfeiture for ground rent arrears was not valid because: a) The wrong notice under s.166 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 had been served. The notice was statutorily prescribed and the use of an older, pre-2011 version was not acceptable. […]

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 […]

Doing the same thing all over again

Walcott v Jones & Jones. Central London County Court, 15 November 2017 (Not on Bailii. A note on Lawtel) A county court appeal, on an issue that quite a few (though mostly not practitioners) have raised with me elsewhere. Does a periodic tenancy count as being repeatedly ‘renewed/granted’? Ms W was the landlord of the […]

Accelerated but longer

HMCTS have released a new N5B claim form – the claim form for accelerated possession proceedings after service of a section 21 notice. The new form (finally?!) takes into account all of the post 1 October 2015 changes to the validity of a section 21 notice. The new form  requires the landlord to complete confirmations […]

Universal Credit – here comes the homelessness

[Update 22 November 2018. In the Budget, the Govt has said that: a) the 7 days without any payment after UC claim will be scrapped b) For those with existing HB/LHA claims, there will be a two week overlap of existing HB/LHA payments after the UC claim date (not clear if repayable and if so […]

Hide and Seek with Justice – A Rant

(Updated 26/10/2017 – at the bottom) Access to justice is one thing. Actually being able to find it another. This is the sorry, sad, truly pathetic tale of the fall out of the closure of Lambeth County Court. I’m sorry for length, but hell, it has been a long, painful trip. In late 2015, the […]

Sufficient Notice

Partridge v Gupta (2017) EWHC 2110 (QB) Those who have been readers of this blog for a while may recall our campaign about evictions by High Court Sheriffs where the writs were (wrongly) obtained as an administrative act by using form N293A. This culminated in a practice note by Senior Master Fontaine, stressing that – […]

Dwelling in temporary accommodation

Dacorum Borough Council v Bucknall (aka Acheampong) [2017] EWHC 2094 (QB) When is temporary accommodation provided under the Housing Act 1996 Section 193(2) duty occupied ‘as a dwelling’ fo the purposes of Section 3 Protection from Eviction Act 1977? We know from R (N) v Lewisham London Borough Council [2015] AC 1259 (our report) that section […]