Banned leader

Look, look! A banning order! I don’t know if this is the first, it may well be. It is certainly the first decision I have seen. 43 Dudmaston, Telford, Shropshire TF3 2DF: BIR/00GF/HSH/2019/0001 This is the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) decision on applications by the Borough of Telford and Wrekin for a banning order […]

The way of the Wilsons

With a sense of grinding inevitability, and a smidgen of schadenfreude, once more Fergus and Judith Wilson feature in these pages. (Here is the previous trail). This time, the appearance is for Judith Wilson being found guilty of failing to comply with a Housing Act 2004 enforcement order requiring her to remedy a defective hot […]

Late, later, too late

North v Tyndale. Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court (4 October 2018) (Thanks to Nik Nicol, One Pump Court and Sadikur Rahman, Edwards Duthie for note of decision on which this is based). So, from the Supreme Court, to a first instance county court decision, but one that raises and probably disposes of, a certain line […]

HMO Planning Relaxation

We have previously posted on the introduction of the requirement for planning consent for Houses in Multiple Occupation, introduced by the outgoing Labour government as one of their last acts. This is now set to be undone with the laying before Parliament of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No.2) (England) Order […]

New Tenancy Deposit Cases in Legal Action

Our new copy of Legal Action flopped onto the mat here at Nearly Legal Towers this morning. Looking at the reported cases a pair of tenancy deposit matters caught my eye. One of these we have already written about here. In Baafi v Mapp, Central London County Court, 24 June 2010 a landlord had sought […]

Tenancy deposit – late compliance again

Da Costa v Pinter Bromley County Court April 2008 With thanks to the November Legal Action housing updates. This was a tenancy deposit and 3 x deposit penalty claim. The rent was £1,950 a month. The tenancy agreement also stated ‘Payment required in advance of £4,200’. The invoice from the landlords agents said that of […]

Two homes, two MPs and an EDMO

EDMOs, a remarkable power given to local authorities under Housing Act 2004 to take control of an abandoned or unused residential property and let it (and charge the owner for most of the related costs of doing so), have been used remarkably rarely – I am informed some 29 decisions on orders have been made […]