‘Unfit’ council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2017 in compensation, fees, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by sally

‘Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in “unfit” council homes.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2017

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Service charges, contracts, social housing and subsidies – Nearly Legal

Posted February 13th, 2017 in costs, landlord & tenant, leases, local government, news, service charges, tribunals by sally

‘An interesting question. To what extent, if at all, can leaseholders’ service charges be set at a level to ‘subsidise’ a shortfall as against actual maintenance costs in service charges recoverable from social tenants in flats provided under a section 106 agreement.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th February 2017

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Revenge eviction law ‘not working’ – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in complaints, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn’t working, say MPs and housing lawyers.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Reasonable costs of Improvements – Nearly Legal

‘We saw the Upper Tribunal take a new approach to determining whether the costs of improvement works, passed on through the service charge, were reasonably incurred. The UT held that particular consideration should have been given to the views of the leaseholders, whether they could be done more cheaply and the financial circumstances of the leaseholders.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th February 2017

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Perception of doors – Nearly Legal

‘The issue in this Upper Tribunal case was whether LB Southwark was entitled charge the leaseholders for works to replace communal doors and front entrance doors carried out during fire safety improvement works on the estate (some 10 block of flats).’

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Nearly Legal, 29th January 2017

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Southwark LBC v Various Lessees of the St Saviours Estate – Arden Chambers

Posted January 27th, 2017 in fire, landlord & tenant, news, repairs by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has held, in dismissing the authority’s appeal, that a front entrance or communal door within a block of flats is not in disrepair merely because it has been modified or replaced. A door, which was designed to provide 20 or 30 minutes’ fire resistance, will only cease to be in repair if there is evidence, following an assessment by an expert in fire resistance, that the physical condition of the door is such that it is no longer able to provide the same fire resistance as when originally constructed.’

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Arden Chambers, January 2017

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‘I should have been a tenant’ – more on Bristol property guardians – Nearly Legal

Posted January 16th, 2017 in housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news by sally

‘As far as property guardians go, all the action seems to be taking place in Bristol. As well as the issues (and possession claim) noted here, there is a separate possession claim going on, with Camelot seeking possession against Greg Roynon, who was also living in one of the former nursing homes.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th January 2017

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To me – To you – Nearly Legal

Posted January 16th, 2017 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, landlord & tenant, local government, news by sally

‘A judicial review in which two local authorities fought over which of them was gong to have to owe a housing duty to a homeless applicant. The central issue was whether, in the circumstances, Ealing could refuse a referral under the local connection provisions by RBK&C. However, the finding on ‘same facts’ second homeless applications has much broader application and should be taken note of by everyone.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th January 2017

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Leases, tribunals and contractual costs – Nearly Legal

Posted January 10th, 2017 in costs, landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, tribunals by sally

‘The vexed issues of costs in service charge disputes rumble on. Willow Court Management Company (1985) Ltd v Alexander [2016] UKUT 0290 (LC) (our note) set out guidance for how and when rule 13 costs awards will be engaged and awarded in the First Tier Tribunal (for unreasonable conduct). But in this case, the landlord had been awarded 20% of their costs under a Rue 13 decision, but then sought to recover the full costs under a contractual entitlement to costs of an enforcement action under the lease, and sort the FTT’s determination of those as a variable administration charge.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th January 2017

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Tales of the private sector – Nearly Legal

‘A collation of cases and stories from the private sector, and a series of reminders that a database of rogue landlords, and indeed banning orders, can’t come soon enough.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th January 2017

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City heads to Supreme Court over council tax position where tenant moves out – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 6th, 2017 in appeals, council tax, landlord & tenant, local government, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Leeds City Council is to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal a key ruling over whether landlords are responsible for paying council tax on a property when a tenant has moved out before the tenancy agreement has formally ended.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th January 2017

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Works and quiet enjoyment – Nearly Legal

Posted January 5th, 2017 in construction industry, covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news, noise, rent by tracey

‘Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation & Anor [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch). It is a commercial property case, but has interesting elements on the way in which building works may be reasonably carried out.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th January 2017

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Almshouses, tenancies and Article 14 – Nearly Legal

Posted January 4th, 2017 in appeals, charities, human rights, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘This post is my Christmas gift to land law students everywhere in the UK. It is a discussion of the very important Court of Appeal decision in Watts v Stewart [2016] EWCA Civ 1247, which concerned whether charitable providers of accommodation (in this case, almshouses, but, in principle, the issue in the case is broader) are exceptions to the Street v Mountford mantra that exclusive possession for a fixed term at a rent = tenancy.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th December 2016

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Rather too certain to be uncertain – Nearly Legal

Posted December 9th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, council tax, landlord & tenant, news, tribunals, valuation by sally

‘This was Leeds’ second appeal of a Valuation Tribunal decision on council tax liability. We covered the first High Court appeal here. Full disclosure, I acted for the intervener in this second appeal, the Residential Landlords Association, with Justin Bates (or as it turns out, Bate) as counsel.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th December 2016

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Don’t try this at home – Nearly Legal

Posted December 9th, 2016 in appeals, damages, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘In which the court of appeal almost but not quite consider the notice requirements for licencees excluded from the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th December 2016

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Contractual indemnity clauses and costs of service charge proceedings in the First-Tier Tribunal – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in costs, indemnities, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

‘A landlord may rely on a contractual indemnity clause in a lease to claim as an administration charge the whole of the costs of service charge proceedings in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) even where it has already been awarded some of its costs under rule 13(1)(b) of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013, as Martin Rodger QC, Deputy President, has held in 87 St George’s Square Management Ltd v Whiteside [2016] UKUT 438 (LC).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 14th November 2016

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Private sector updates – Nearly Legal

Posted November 25th, 2016 in agency, fees, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘Section 8 notice prescribed form. The Govt has made The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016. The Schedule contains a new ‘form 3’ – the prescribed form of Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession. This must be used for s.8 notices served on or after 1 December 2016.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd November 2016

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Cardiff v Lee: Permission needed to enforce a suspended possession order – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Last week, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cardiff County Council v Lee (Flowers) [2016] EWCA Civ 1034, confirming that all landlords, whether social or private, are required to seek the permission of the County Court under CPR r83.2 in order to obtain a warrant of possession for breach of a suspended possession order.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th November 2016

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Fairhold Freeholds No. 2 Limited v Moody [2016] UKUT 311 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, costs, fees, indemnities, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that an indemnity given in a lease can be viewed as a promise by the tenant to protect the landlord from the landlord’s liability to a third party. For the tenant to be liable, the tenant’s breach must be the reason for the landlord’s liability to the third party. In this case, the indemnity was not drafted widely enough to render the tenant responsible for the administrative and legal costs incurred by the landlord once the ground rent had been tendered (even though it was tendered late).’

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Tanfield Chambers, 10th October 2016

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Nemcova v Fairfield (‘the Airbnb ruling’): Stirring up the Hornets’ Nest of Short-Term Lets – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, covenants, hotels, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

‘In Nemcova v Fairfield Rents Ltd [2016] UKUT 303 (LC), in what has become known as ‘the Airbnb ruling’, the Upper Tribunal gave guidance on the circumstances in which short-term lets might amount to a breach of covenant prohibiting the use of a property for anything other than ‘a private residence’. In this article, Jamal Demachkie (who acted for the successful landlord at first instance and on appeal) provides his analysis of this important decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th October 2016

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