Gimme Gimme Gimme

Curo Places Ltd v Pimlett (LANDLORD AND TENANT – service charges – tenancy agreement of a bungalow in a sheltered housing scheme) (2019) UKUT 130 (LC) Another Upper Tribunal case on a landlord adding additional services and charges to assured tenancy agreements, but where Wilcock v The Guinness Partnership Ltd (2019) UKUT 146 (LC) (our […]

Lease variation in the LVT

2012 seems to be a bumper year for cases under s.37, Landlord and Tenant Act 1987. Having had (so far as I can tell) none in the previous 20-odd years, we’ve now had two. The first was covered by us here and the second has just been handed down by the Upper Tribunal. For those […]

Variation of service charges

Shersby v Grenehurst Park Residents Co Ltd LRX/142/2007 Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) The appellant held a lease of a flat in a former mansion house. The wider estate comprised 17 such flats and a number of freehold houses and mews cottages. In total there were 40 residential units. All the units were obliged to contribute […]

ASBO in absentia

M v Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Magistrates’ Court [2009] EWHC 2874 (Admin) (on Lawtel only) The claimant were two brothers, aged 13 and 14. They were subject to ASBOs which prohibited them from engaging in certain anti-social behaviour in the borough of Pendle. With seven months of the ASBO still to run the family moved […]

Harassment by possession claim

In what appears to be a good week for somewhat bizarre cases, may I present Carlos Allen v London Borough of Southwark  [2008] EWCA Civ 1478. This was an appeal by Mr Allen to the Court of Appeal of the striking out of his claim for harassment against LB Southwark. Mr Allen was a Southwark tenant. […]

Varying an ASBO – an (un)appealing option

We here at NL still haven’t decided how much ASB law to cover on the blog. On the one hand, only possession proceedings and s.153A-E Housing Act 1996 injunctions could be said to be ‘true’ housing law. But, on the other, ASB remedies are, to a very significant extent, conferred on public sector landlords, with […]

Unilateral tenancy variation

Governors of the Peabody Trust v Reeve (Times report) Registered Social landlords cannot vary tenancy agreements unilaterally, save for rent changes. Any other variation of terms requires consent of both parties in writing. Unlike local authorities, registered social landlords such as the Peabody Trust ceased to enjoy the ability to vary tenancy agreements in accordance […]