On sewer covers, gardens and responsibilities

Rogerson v Bolsover District Council (2019) EWCA Civ 226 A court of appeal case on when the landlord’s duty under section 4 Defective Premises Act 1972 is engaged and whether there is any duty to inspect. Ms R was Bolsover DC’s tenant. The property was a house with a front garden. The tenancy began in […]

Shut that (undemised) door!

Is the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 still relevant in a landlord & tenant relationship, or not? Jasmine Alexander v (1) Freshwater Properties Limited (2) Christopher Place [2012] EWCA Civ 1048 This was an appeal, decided within a few days of Drysdale v Fletcher in the High Court, but appearing to reach quite different conclusions on […]

Mind the Step 2 – The bannister that wasn’t

This is the second of two recent cases on Defective Premises Act 1972 and stairs (for the first see here). There is now a third case on Occupiers Liability Act 1957 with our note to come shortly. Patrick Joseph Hannon v Hillingdon Homes Limited [2012] EWHC 1437 (QB) Mr Hannon was a heating engineer, carrying […]

Turning up is usually the best idea

Williams & Anor v Hinton & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 1123 This, and please bear with me here, was an application for leave to appeal a Circuit Judge’s trial judgment. It was also an application for an injunction to restrain enforcement of the trial judgment, originally made in the High Court. It resulted from a […]