Gordian Knot(weed)

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor (2018) EWCA Civ 1514 Japanese knotweed nuisance cases – there are already many of these and (given the nature of the pestilential stuff) there will be more. In case you don’t know, Japanese knotweed is an invasive weed that is all but impossible to eradicate (and must be […]

Works and quiet enjoyment

Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation & Anor [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch) I’m very late with this one – been in the ‘to do’ pile for ages. In mitigation, it is a commercial property case, but has interesting elements on the way in which building works may be reasonably carried out. Timothy Taylor ran […]

Landlords behaving badly

While the Magistrates Courts continue to hand out paltry fines to landlords on conviction for illegal eviction, despite the removal of the upper £5000 limit, it is good to see that the civil courts are capable of taking a more reasonable approach to quantum. The Housing:Recent Developments in the July/August 2016 Legal Action contains a […]

Repairing the caselaw on disrepair

I don’t think it is unfair to say that disrepair is not always viewed with great enthuiasm by practioners of housing law. So, I am going to plead with you all to stick with this post of mine even though on reflection it is far longer than I would have liked. It concerns a very […]

All of the wrong. And then some more.

Kazadi v Martin Brookes Lettings Estate Agents Limited & Faparusi, Edmonton County Court 14 May 2015 Thanks to Legal Action September 2015 Housing law updates for this one. An assured shorthold tenancy deposit and unlawful eviction case in which everyone involved save the tenant – letting agent, landlord and police – did things about as […]

Disrepair damages update

With very grateful thanks to Beatrice Prevatt’s annual disrepair update in the December 2014/January 2015 Legal Action, here is a bumper pack of County Court cases and settled cases on damages for disrepair. Armes v Wheel Property Co Ltd, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court, 17 May 2013 Claimant had been the protected tenant of a […]

How much is a secure tenancy worth?

London Borough of Lambeth v Loveridge [2013] EWCA Civ 494 We are appallingly late with this one, and have no excuse. But this case has just been given permission by the Supreme Court, so this is a good moment to make amends. Mr L was the secure tenant of Lambeth. Lambeth unlawfully evicted him.  Mr […]

Cold and wet… Disrepair quantum

Courtesy of Beatrice Prevatt’s disrepair update in the December 2012 Legal Action, here are a couple of County Court disrepair cases. Both proving the general rule which we have previously noted, that it is only the least competent of private landlords that let disrepair claims get to trial these days. Woolf v North London Homes […]

More on more on damages

Or Simmons v Castle round two Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1288 As you may know, the original Court of Appeal decision in Simmons v Castle on the 10% uplift in general damages (our report here) was revisited after representations by the ABI and APIL. I’m not sure that the revised judgment has made […]

The JP, the BBC trainee and the Unlawful Eviction

An unlawful eviction case with some unusual dramatis personae. Rebecca Claire Webb v Samina Amreen Birmingham County Court 31 August 2012 [Unreported elsewhere] Ms Webb was the assured shorthold tenant of Ms Amreen, for a 6 month term from September 2007 then a statutory periodic. A deposit of £540 had been paid, but was not […]