Not Ashored

Awful title due to NL himself. Mew v Tristmire concerned whether or not two “houseboats” were “dwelling houses let as separate dwellings” as required in section 1 of the Housing Act 1988 in order for them to be assured tenancies. The “houseboats” appear to have been converted WWII landing craft that were, in the event, […]

Short of Money but Not Short of Rent

Christina Sharples v Places for People Homes Ltd, Stephen Godfrey v A2 Dominion Homes Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 813 This is actually two appeals which deal with an important question about insolvency and bankruptcy and whether monies that form part of the bankruptcy can be counted as arrears of rent for the purposes of obtaining […]

Assuredly not an AST

Jasbir Kaur Kahlon v Andrew Isherwood [2011] EWCA Civ 602 (on Lawtel but not on BAILII yet) UPDATE: Transcript now available on BAILII Schedule 2A of the Housing Act 1988 was inserted by the Housing Act 1996 and supports s19A which was inserted by the same Act. S19A basically acts to make the AST the […]

Tis the season for giving (1)

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association v Vertigan, Court of Appeal, December 9, 2010 (Elias LJ, Norris J, Lawtel note only) Vertigan was the assured shorthold tenant of the claimant. Over the years, it seems that he had done a number of things of which his landlord disapproved, including: (a) sawing through the floorboards to access […]

Tenants of defaulting mortgagees II

Earlier this year J reported the passage of the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants) Act 2010 which comes into force tomorrow (1st October), together with the Dwelling Houses (Execution of Possession Orders by Mortgagees) Regulations 2010 (No. 1809) and changes to CPR 55 and CCR O.26 as a result of the 53rd update to the […]

Improvements and rent redux

Hughes v Borodex Ltd. [2010] EWCA Civ 425 This was the Court of Appeal hearing of the appeal from the High Court decision on first appeal that we reported in March 2009. I won’t rehearse the facts, which are in the earlier post, but the issue was whether former long leaseholders who had ended up […]

Don’t forget to file and serve…

Cadogan v Chehab [2009] EWHC 3297 (Admin), (only available on Casetrack) is noted in the current edition of Legal Action, but, so far as I can tell, hasn’t been picked up anywhere else. It’s only worthy of a short note though, which is set out below. Chehab was the assured tenant of a flat owned […]

Rent arrears, transfers and Weaver in operation

McIntyre & Anor, R (on the application of) v Gentoo Group Ltd [2010] EWHC 5 (Admin) This was the judicial review of North Sunderland Housing Company’s refusal to permit an exchange of homes by the Claimants, joint assured tenants, with another NSHC assured tenant. NSHC are a subsidiary company of Gentoo and no points were […]

L & Q Change Practice on Ground 8

News has come our way (circuitously) of a change in practice by London and Quadrant on the use of Ground 8, the mandatory ground for possession on the basis of rent arrears in respect of assured tenancies, from 01 August. Apparently, they will now only use it in “exceptional circumstances” (eg abandonment). Maybe others will […]

RSLs support L&Q in Weaver appeal

According to Inside Housing, not only is L&Q to seek permission to appeal the Court of Appeal decision to the Lords/Supreme Court (and no surprise there) but the G15 group of the largest RSLs in London are potentially backing them, including funding. To quote Inside Housing: Steve Howlett, chief executive of Peabody Trust and chair […]