Breach of PSED and consequences for possession

Forward v Aldwyck Housing Group Ltd (2019) EWCA Civ 1334 The Court of Appeal considers the effect of an admitted breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty under s.149 Equality Act 2010 on possession proceedings. Mr F had an assured tenancy from Aldwyck. Soon after the tenancy started, there began what would be repeated incidents of […]

Equality and Homeless Appeals

Adesotu v Lewisham London Borough Council (2019) EWCA Civ 1405 We first saw this case as a county court appeal (our note here) where the central issue was whether Equality Act 2010 issues could be raised and decided within a section 204 Housing Act 1996 homelessness appeal. HHJ Luba QC held that they could not, […]

But, it’s a long, long while…

Ward & Ors, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors (2019) EWCA Civ 692 Regular readers will remember the judicial reviews of Hillingdon’s allocation policy requirement for a 10 year residence period (those without 10 years but with ‘reasonable preference’ being placed in Band D), with the rather odd outcomes […]

Rights and Right to rent

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2019) EWHC 452 (Admin) (For transparency, I acted for one of the interveners, the Residential Landlords Association, in this case.) This was a judicial review claim by JCWI of the Right to Rent Scheme, as […]

Nominations agreements and the Equality Act

I was excited to see R(Z) v Hackney LBC & Agudas Israel HA (2019) EWHC 139 (Admin), because it is the first case in which the thorny issue of “nomination” rights and, potentially, the concept of a “true void” have arisen for full decision by a court of record (of which I know anyway), and before the […]

Equality Act and ‘reasonable to remain’

Lomax v Gosport Borough Council (2018) EWCA Civ 1846 This was a second appeal on a homeless application by Ms L to Gosport. Ms L “suffers from a number of both physical and mental problems. She is wheelchair bound and is confined to bed for large portions of the day. She requires 24-hour care, including intimate […]

‘No DSS’ and discrimination

The BBC ran a new report today on a case in Birmingham. The headline – “Landlords who say ‘no DSS’ breaking equality laws” – was, as we shall see, somewhat misleading, but the report did indeed cover a discrimination claim against a letting agency who had refused to consider a woman and single mother as […]

“Real misery is being caused to no good purpose”

DA & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2017) EWHC 1446 (Admin) This was the judicial review of the ‘reduced’ benefit cap – £20,000 pa  outside London, £23,000 in London, brought by claimants who were all single mothers with children, including children under two years old. The claim […]