The Deposit Alignment

Johnson v Old, Brighton County Court We have not yet written about this case even though the first instance decision was reported in Legal Action. As it turns out this has been useful as the original decision, as written up in Legal Action has been set aside on appeal to a circuit judge. While this […]

A couple of dates and some information short of a s.21 notice

This is a failed possession and tenancy deposit case now of largely historic interest, though the principles still largely hold true. There is also an interesting point on the period of the tenancy – contractual date v rent date. Our thanks to Legal Action’s ‘Recent Developments in Housing Law’ , Edwards Duthie and Liz Davies […]

Tenancy deposit penalties awarded!

There are two appeals on cases involving claims for the return of deposits and the three times penalty in both of which – astonishingly, given the recent history of High Court and Court of Appeal decisions – the tenant was awarded the penalty. We have said before that it would now be a somewhat incompetent […]

Tenancy Deposits Back in the Localism Bill

We have previously posted on amendments to the Localism Bill tabled in Commons committee which would have had the effect of rewriting the tenancy deposit protection provisions in the Housing Act 2004. The changes were designed to reset the position back to that which was set out by the government when it originally put the […]

Eviscerated? Now also Drawn and Quartered

Gladehurst Properties Ltd v Hashemi [2011] EWCA Civ 604 (Not on BAILII at time of writing) UPDATE: Transcript now available on BAILII In Tiensia LJ Sedley said that the decision of the majority ‘eviscerated’ the tenancy deposit protection legislation. The Court of Appeal has now returned to complete the job with a hanging by the […]

Not So Protected

Potts v Densley & Anor [2011] EWHC 1144 (QB) Another case on tenancy deposit protection has hit the High Court, with a rather strange outcome. P was the tenant of D and another party. The deposit was not protected during the tenancy. This was raised by P towards the end of the tenancy and D […]

Tenancy Deposits in the Localism Bill?

A brief note to highlight some unexpected amendments that have been tabled to the Localism Bill. The latest marshalled list includes new sections which are designed to make amendments to the Housing Act 2004 and specifically to the tenancy deposit protection provisions. The changes dispose of the unclear concept of ‘initial requirements’ and remove the […]

Distinguishing Tiensia

Gemma Shepley v Majid Yassen, Tameside County Court, Thursday 13th January 2011 (Unreported) The above case on the, increasingly litigated, tenancy deposit protection provisions was brought to our attention and is of particular interest as it specifically distinguishes itself from the Court of Appeal decision in Tiensia (reported on here). In this case the tenant […]

Tenancy Deposit Protection Eviscerated

Tiensia v Vision Enterprises Ltd (t/a Universal Estates) [2010] EWCA Civ 1224 (11 November 2010) This is the long awaited Court of Appeal decision on tenancy deposit protection. It is a conjoined appeal of Universal Estates v Tiensia and Honeysuckle Properties v Fletcher. The facts of the two cases are very similar. In both cases […]

Mr Pickles is unlawful and other bits

Cala Homes (South) Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government & Anor [2010] EWHC 2866 (Admin) found Eric Pickles, SoS at DCLG, acted unlawfully in scrapping the Regional Strategies for housing development, which also, lest we forget, included requirements for local authorities to identify and develop sites for travellers and gypsys. Mr […]