What’s the Din? The Supremes’ Cut – Nearly Legal

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in homelessness, housing, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Haile v Waltham Forest LBC [2015] UKSC 34 is the second of the triptych of cases which are before the UKSC (We have yet to have the outcome of the third one, the eligibility appeals in Samin/Mirga). The first, Johnson/Hotak/Kanu, as NL wrote, is particularly significant because of its reworking of the vulnerability test, overwriting encrusted CA decisions. Haile, on the other hand, attempts to steer a line between accepting the jurisprudence on intentionality but distinguishing it on a narrow basis (Lord Reed, with whom Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale and Lord Clarke agreed – Lord Neuberger, in the majority, doing so with hesitation, at [79]; Lord Carnwath dissenting). Johnson/Hotak/Kanu will involve reworking vulnerability decisions and will undoubtedly provoke further litigation on the SC test. In theory, at least, Haile should not involve any great difference or require reworking; but, as I will try to explain, its consequences may well reverberate just as much as Johnson et al. Indeed, despite the best intentions of the majority, I think further litigation is almost inevitably the outcome.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st May 2015

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Judgment prompts review of thousands of housing cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 20th, 2015 in homelessness, housing, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Local authority housing lawyers will potentially have to review thousands of applications for accommodation after the Supreme Court widened the scope of vulnerable applicants who are considered homeless.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th May 2015

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A home without a household – Nearly Legal

Posted May 20th, 2015 in benefits, children, housing, news, residence orders by sally

‘In MR v North Tyneside Council and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Housing and council tax benefits : other) [2015] UKUT 34 (AAC) [Our report], we saw the Upper Tribunal accept the DWP argument on the position of ‘shared care’ families for bedroom tax purposes. In short, the child’s only ‘home’ was with the person receiving child benefit. It may yet turn out to be significant that that decision was not the result of an argued hearing, only the DWP turning up.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th May 2015

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Family reunited after housing battle led to homelessness and separation – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, news by sally

‘Titina Nzolameso on her successful fight to be rehoused after the benefits cap left her homeless and her children being taken into care, and the impact this could have on similar cases.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2015

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A blind eye to Nelson – Nearly Legal

Posted May 14th, 2015 in benefits, housing, news, social services, tribunals by tracey

‘A couple of bedroom tax decisions, one Upper Tribunal, one FTT, both of which involve findings for the tenant in the landscape after the Upper Tribunal decision in Nelson (SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) – our report). Given that we appear to be stuck with the bedroom tax for the next 5 years at least, this is the landscape unless the Supreme Court does something dramatic in MA & Ors.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th May 2015

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Local authority prosecutes housing association tenant for unlawful subletting – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 13th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by tracey

‘Enfield Council is claiming to have become the first local authority nationally to have used the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 to successfully prosecute a housing association tenant for unlawful subletting.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2015

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As difficult as pulling teeth – Nearly Legal

Posted May 5th, 2015 in costs, damages, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs by sally

‘Disrepair claims against private landlords are often interesting. Not least because said landlords have a tendency to take ridiculous positions and stick with them to trial, even when represented. This case is a glorious example of that.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th May 2015

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High Court rejects challenge to Nottinghamshire joint strategy approach to green belt boundaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 29th, 2015 in environmental protection, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a parish council’s challenge to the joint planning strategy of several Nottinghamshire local authorities after finding that the correct approach had been taken to the proposed alteration of green belt boundaries.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2015

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HMO corner – Nearly Legal

Posted April 28th, 2015 in housing, licensing, local government, news, tribunals by sally

‘A couple of recent Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) decisions on HMOs under licensing schemes.’

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Nearly Legal, 27th April 2015

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UK housing crisis ‘in breach of human rights’ – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2015 in charities, housing, human rights, news, rent, reports by sally

‘The UK is in breach of its own United Nations human rights commitment to provide people with adequate homes because the housing crisis is so serious, a consortium of leading housing charities has warned. They cite soaring housing rental costs, unhealthy conditions in homes, and rising levels of homelessness and warn of “profound issues of lack of supply, increasing housing costs, lack of security of tenure and homes of such poor quality that they are unfit for habitation”.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2015

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Searching questions in the CJEU: the East Sussex County Council case – Panopticon

Posted April 20th, 2015 in EC law, fees, freedom of information, housing, local government, news by sally

‘When local authorities provide property search information, can they charge for doing so? On what legal basis? How should such charges be calculated?’

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Panopticon, 17th April 2015

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From ‘pillar to post’ – Nearly Legal

‘In a judgment of undisguised anger, Cobb J described the conduct of LB Tower Hamlets and LB Havering as “shameful” in the way in which they treated AM and his family. I haven’t come across Cobb J before but his judgment in AM v Tower Hamlets LBC and Havering LBC [2015] EWHC 1004 (Admin) is just about as good a judgment as I’ve read in a long time. The question was which authority should have “picked up” AM and his household, with children who were almost certainly in need under s.17, Children Act 1989.’

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Nearly Legal, 17th April 2015

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Rents and Equality. Barnet, again – Nearly Legal

‘It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2015

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R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Supreme Court

R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th March 2015

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Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328; [2015] WLR (D) 157

‘In providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence, the Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated directly under section 13 of the Equality Act 2010 or indirectly under section 19.’

WLR Daily, 31st March 2015

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Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) [2015] UKSC 22; [2015] WLR (D) 165

‘A local housing authority, in carrying out its duties under the Housing Act 1996, was obliged to accommodate a homeless person in suitable accommodation within its district if it was reasonably practicable to do so. The authority was to determine the suitability of the proposed accommodation by reference to the needs of the individual homeless person and each member of her household and to its location. Where accommodation was offered outside the authority’s district, the placement was to be as close as possible to where the members of the household had previously lived. In reaching its decision, the authority was required to take account of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/2601) and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It was also required, by section 11(2) of the Children Act 2004, to have regard to the need to safeguard and to promote the welfare of the children concerned.’

WLR Daily, 2nd April 2015

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No duty of care in allocation decisions – Nearly Legal

Posted April 7th, 2015 in duty of care, health, housing, news, striking out by sally

‘Can a council’s failure to carry out its responsibilities under its allocation scheme be the subject of a claim in breach of duty of care? This was the hearing of the Defendant’s application to strike out a claim on exactly that issue.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th April 2015

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Supreme Court gives reasons for quashing offer of housing 50 miles away – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 7th, 2015 in appeals, children, housing, local government, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has today given its reasons why it unanimously upheld a homeless mother of five’s appeal over a London borough’s offer of accommodation 50 miles away.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd April 2015

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On the Road Again – Nearly Legal

‘With remarkable speed, the Supreme Court has handed down its judgement in Nzolameso v Westminster City Council , having announced immediately after the hearing on 17/3/2015 that the appeal would be allowed, with reasons to follow.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd April 2015

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Care orders and accommodation pending appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted April 7th, 2015 in appeals, care orders, homelessness, housing, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Our post on Nzolameso v City of Westminster [2015] UKSC 22 is here, but behind the headlines of the judgment (and it is a good judgment) is a whole history, even between the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court hearings.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd April 2015

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