Domestic violence and the bedroom tax

A judicial review of the bedroom tax has been given permission, where the claimant is a victim of domestic violence who has received support to remain in her home through a ‘sanctuary scheme’. The woman, a victim of rape, assault, harassment and stalking by an ex-partner, lives in a three bed property with her 11 […]

Equality Act 2010

I’m going to level with you, dear reader(s), I’m a bit late with this one. In my defence, I point to the fact that the Act as printed is around 250 pages long, consisting of 218 sections and 28 schedules. The explanatory notes run to over 160 pages. There is then a further 650 pages […]

I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! Two*

Thomas-Ashley v Drum Housing Association Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 265 This is probably the biggest single week for dog-related possession claims ever. At this rate, the RSPCA will have to open a housing practice. The brief facts are at para 1 of the Court of Appeal judgment: Alfie is a Jack Russell/Border Collie cross. He […]

They do things differently over there

Rodriguez v (1) Minister of Housing (2) Housing Allocation Committee [2009] UKPC 52 is perhaps most remarkable for needing to get as far as the Privy Council before a sensible decision was made. The second respondent was a statutory body responsible for the allocation of social housing in Gibraltar. It had an unwritten and unpublished […]

Arm's length discrimination (or not)

Odham’s Walk Residents Management Ltd v Westminster City Council [2009] EWHC 1712 (Admin)  is not a housing case per se, but is of interest. The applicant, a TMO, manages an estate of Westminster’s housing stock as Westminster’s agents under contract. The TMO employs caretakers who are provided with accommodation as part of the job. The […]

Equality Bill – request for help

As we noted here, the Government’s new Equality Bill brings together various bits of anti-discrimination legislation and extends some of them.  One area that is extended is protection against age discrimination, which is now covered by Part 3, in respect of goods, facilities and services.  It is not however covered by Part 4 which deals […]

The Equality Bill

A new Equality Bill was a flagship manifesto commitment and it was finally published at the end of April.  The Bill receives its second reading in the House of Commons today.  While the Bill is primarily consolidating and tidying up existing law there are four important parts that may affect housing law: Disability discrimination in […]

Rough Sleepers, Rough Justice

R (RJM) (FC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2008] UKHL 63 This House of Lords judgment is now just under two weeks old, but I think it is still worthy of comment here.  It is a discrimination case dealing with benefits and rough sleepers, but has some important implications in much broader […]

Institutionally racist

We are not institutionally racist. SRA October 2007 This is not housing law related, but it is of significance to many in the sector. Lord Ouseley, the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, was jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Society of Black Lawyers to conduct an independent investigation into […]

On the naughty step

On the very crowded naughty step this week are the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Law Society and, umm, firms of solicitors in general. Shahrokh Mireskrandari, senior partner of Dean and Dean, has launched a claim for £10 million against the SRA and the Law Society at an employment tribunal, alleging racial and religious discrimination, harassment […]