The House of Lords is due to hand down judgment in Doherty v Birmingham tomorrow (30/7). This will include their Lordships’ first take on McCann v UK. I’m aiming to have some sort of case note up by tomorrow night. It will be the start of a busy patch for judgments.

Possession and evidence

North Devon Homes Ltd. v Batchelor [2008] EWCA Civ 840 concerned a claim for possession of an assured tenancy. At County Court, the claim was brought on grounds 10, 12 and 14 HA 1988. While the claim resulted in a postponed possession order for ground 10 rent arrears, the claims on ground 12 (non-performance of […]

Adjourning pending Malcolm in the Lords

One of the three cases mentioned in S v Floyd as forthcoming test of the application of Lewisham v Malcolm on the application of the DDA to possession orders has been heard and adjourned by the Court of Appeal. LB Croydon v Wright [2008] EWCA Civ 607 (not on Bailii) was adjourned until the Lords have […]


A few bits and pieces… Gilboy v Liverpool CC has a hearing at the Court of Appeal on 19 or 20 May (thanks J and GCN). Doherty v Birmingham is at the House of Lords later this year, which should be a big test for the legacy, if any, of McCann (thanks J, again) Rumour […]

‛simply wrong-headed’

Apparently Wandsworth are very very unhappy with the Court of Appeal judgment in Wandsworth v Randall on underoccupation possessions via ground 16 HA 1985. So unhappy that they are lobbying Caroline Flint to change the law via the Housing and Regeneration bill. There are, of course, extremely good policy reasons for underoccupation possessions. Multiple bedroom […]

DDA and mandatory possession

S v Floyd [2008] EWCA Civ 201 is a Court of Appeal case in which the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is considered in relation to a mandatory Ground 8 possession claim by a private landlord. In some ways, there is nothing particularly surprising in the case – the Court found that the DDA was not […]


Porter v Shepherds Bush Housing Association [2008] EWCA Civ 196 is a Court of Appeal judgment on an appeal of an application for revival of tenancy where all the arrears were paid off on a breached suspended possession order. The Court of Appeal was presented with the opportunity to follow its own 1958 decision of […]

While waiting for Weaver…

I’m eagerly awaiting the judgment in R(Weaver) v London & Quadrant, but, in one of those quirks of synchronicity, Bailii has just put the Court of Appeal Judgment in Donoghue v Poplar Housing & Regeneration Community Association Ltd & Anor [2001] EWCA Civ 595 up online. It made an interesting re-read, thinking about the issues […]

Right to Buy and suitable alternative accommodation

Where a possession order is sought under Ground 16 Schedule 2 Housing Act 1985 (under-occupation on succession), what happens to the tenant’s right to buy? And is this a factor in weighing the suitability of alternative accommodation and the reasonableness of making an order? Manchester City Council v Benjamin [2008] EWCA Civ 189, a Court […]