The UT Repays Again – NearlyLegal

Posted July 7th, 2014 in appeals, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, rent, repayment, tribunals, utilities by sally

The Upper Tribunal has again found itself considering the issue of Rent Repayment Orders and has provided some further enlightenment on its position after the case of Parker v Waller.

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NearlyLegal, 6th July 2014

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On the naughty step: The unacceptable face of London landlords – NearlyLegal

Posted June 13th, 2014 in benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent, unfair contract terms by sally

‘Some of you, those in London at least, might have noticed Boris Johnson announce a new, and completely voluntary, no compulsion here, landlord accreditation scheme. The idea being that tenants, desperate to find somewhere in the middle of the worst accommodation shortage in London for many, many years, will choose to avoid a ‘non-Boris’ landlord. This is of dubious worth, but no matter, what concerns us here is what followed that announcement. Bear with me, because it is worth it in the end.’

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NearlyLegal, 12th June 2014

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Approximate grounds – NearlyLegal

Posted May 19th, 2014 in appeals, housing, interpretation, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘When a notice is served under Section 8 Housing Act 1988, how precise does the wording of the ground(s) under which possession will be sought have to be?’

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NearlyLegal, 18th May 2014

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Court of Appeal’s reversal of break clause rent decision restores certainty to landlords, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 15th, 2014 in appeals, landlord & tenant, news, rent by tracey

‘Retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) must repay over £1 million to the landlord of its former head office after the Court of Appeal ruled that it was not entitled to reclaim rent and other charges covering the period after it exercised a break clause.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th May 2014

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Letting agents ‘will have to publish their fees in full’ – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2014 in bills, consumer protection, fees, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, rent by sally

‘The government has said letting agents in England face a new obligation to display full details of their fees both on their websites and in their offices.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2014

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Disrepair: La luta continua! – NearlyLegal

Posted April 14th, 2014 in children, costs, damages, fees, landlord & tenant, legal aid, news, rent, repairs by sally

’2013 was a difficult year for claimant disrepair. Changes in legal aid funding have made it all but impossible to pursue a disrepair claim under legal aid alone, as funding is only available for an order to carry out repairs to where there is serious risk to health or well being of the tenant or other occupiers, and not for further repairs or the damages claim (although full funding remains for a counterclaim to a possession claim, which can be brought after the possession order).’

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NearlyLegal, 13th April 2014

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Not adding up – NearlyLegal

Posted April 8th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, housing, local government, news, rent by sally

‘As the number of people becoming homeless from private sector accommodation continues to rise, and as private sector accommodation is used for discharge of duty and temporary accommodation by Councils, the issue of affordability becomes more and more important. Both intentional homeless decisions and suitability decisions can rest on affordability.’

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NearlyLegal, 7th April 2014

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Landlords are wrong and tenants right? The two sides of the eviction story – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2014 in landlord & tenant, news, rent, repairs, repossession by sally

‘Tenant evictions are a thorny subject. On one side tenants say they are often evicted illegally, without reason, and far too often. On the other, landlords complain that ousting troublesome tenants is expensive and time-consuming. We’ve looked at two evictions – one from a landlord’s point of view and the other from the tenant’s, and offered a guide to your rights – whichever side you are on.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2014

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Backing just one horse in a consultation process can be unfair – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 31st, 2014 in consultations, human rights, judicial review, news, rent by sally

‘Public law principles allow you to challenge a decision of a public authority if the consultation process preceding it was unfair. Unfairness comes in many shapes and sizes, but the commonest one alleged is that it was not carried out at the formative stage. The authority had already made up enough of its mind so the consultation process ceased to mean anything – it was just going through the motions.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th March 2014

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“Game, set but not quite match” following the C of A decision re rents in administration – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted March 10th, 2014 in administrators, expenses, insolvency, leases, news, rent by sally

‘Many commercial landlords will be delighted with the Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision in Jervis v Pillar Denton Limited (Game Station) and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 180, overruling the decisions in Goldacre and Luminar. The Court of Appeal held that, applying the Lundy Granite principle, the question of whether quarterly rent due under a lease was an administration expense or a provable debt depended not on whether the rent fell due during the period of the administration, but whether the property had been used for the benefit of the administration. Sarah Clarke gives the background to these cases, sets out the Game appeal decision and highlights its consequences as well as the real concerns for officeholders.’

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11 Stone Buildings, February 2014

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Jervis and others v Pillar Denton Ltd (Game Station) and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2014 in administrators, expenses, insolvency, law reports, rent by sally

Jervis and others v Pillar Denton Ltd (Game Station) and others [2014] EWCA Civ 180 ; [2014] WLR (D) 94

‘In the context of insolvency, where rent was payable in advance the office holder should make payments at the rate of the rent for the duration of any period during which he retained possession of the demised property for the benefit of the winding up or administration. The rent would be treated as accruing from day to day. Those payments were payable as expenses of the winding up or administration. The duration of the period was a question of fact and was not determined merely by reference to which rent days occurred before, during or after that period.’

WLR Daily, 24th February 2014

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Landlords win legal battle over Game – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, insolvency, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘Court of Appeal ruling gives high street landlords more protection in administrations’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2014

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HB and Exempt accommodation: unreasonably high rent – NearlyLegal

Posted January 24th, 2014 in benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, service charges by sally

‘I admit that SS v Birmingham CC [2013] UKUT 418 (AAC) has been on my to do list for a while and that, possibly, the main reason for finding the time to write it up is because I’m on a two hour strike (#fairpayinHE). But, it is a really quite important case about the application of the unreasonably high rent rule for “exempt accommodation” in Reg 13 and Sch 3 of the 2006 Housing Benefit regs. The principal question of law concerns the meaning of “suitable alternative accommodation” in those regs.’

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NearlyLegal, 23rd January 2014

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Guarantor was released from obligations when alterations to property were made without its consent, Appeal Court confirms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2014 in insolvency, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent, surety by sally

‘The guarantor of an insolvent commercial tenant cannot be held liable for outstanding obligations if changes were made to the lease without its consent which had the “potential” to increase the burden on the guarantor, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd January 2014

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Shortfalls, guidance and intentionality – NearlyLegal

Posted December 16th, 2013 in appeals, benefits, homelessness, housing, local government, news, rent by sally

‘A s.202 review decision on affordability was at the centre of this second appeal, brought by Birmingham after a s.204 appeal decision went against them. The issue was to what extent the review decision should manifest attention to the statutory guidance (the July 2006 Guidance) on affordability.

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NearlyLegal, 15th December 2013

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Expensive choices – NearlyLegal

Posted November 25th, 2013 in homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, news, rent by tracey

‘One of a couple of cases on intentional homelessness and affordability of accommodation.’

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NearlyLegal, 24th November 2013

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Children and Intentional Homelessness – NearlyLegal

Posted November 25th, 2013 in children, homelessness, housing, judicial review, local government, news, rent by tracey

‘Hurzat v Hounslow LBC (2013) CA (Civ Div) 21 November 2013. What is the relationship between Housing Act 1996 Part VII and Children Act 2004? Does the duty under s.11 Children Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of children have a bearing on decisions on intentional homelessness under Housing Act 1996? While this case provides a partial answer, it was not, I think, a great case on the facts for testing the interplay of the Acts.’

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NearlyLegal, 24th November 2013

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Rent recovery after exercising a break clause – New Square Chambers

Posted November 5th, 2013 in contracts, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by sally

“A tenant’s option to determine a commercial lease (a ‘break clause’) is a common feature of the modern landlord and tenant relationship. As a result of the weak economy and the ability of tenants to determine unilaterally an unfavourable lease on terms, there have recently been a number of reported decisions concerning the disputed exercise of break clauses. The typical interests in conflict have been described in Canonical UK Ltd v TST Millbank LLC [2012] EWHC 3710 (Ch) by Vos J (para 3): ‘This is a hard case for both sides. The tenant company … needs to know if it has successfully broken the lease because its future business depends on using its resources elsewhere. The landlord in these poor economic times seeks to use any argument it properly can to keep its building tenanted.’”

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New Square Chambers, 31st October 2013

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Landlords threaten legal action over mortgage rates – BBC News

Posted October 28th, 2013 in contracts, interest, landlord & tenant, mortgages, news, rent by sally

“Buy-to-let landlords are threatening to take legal action against what they say are unjustified interest rate rises.”

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BBC News, 26th October 2013

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POSHFA! – NearlyLegal

Posted October 15th, 2013 in confiscation, crime, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

“The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act comes into force tomorrow (Tuesday 15 October 2013) in England only. The text of the Act is here. A key point is the introduction of ‘Unlawful Profit Orders’, which get around the decision of the Court of Appeal in Sumal v Newham London Borough Council [2012] EWCA Crim 1840 that confiscation of rent was not possible because ‘the continued receipt of the rent was not the product of the appellants crime’. (Admittedly that was a prosecution for an unlicensed property in a selective licensing area under section 95(1) of the Housing Act 2004, but the point about confiscation not being enabled under statute had broader application).”

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NearlyLegal, 14th October 2013

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