Bedroom Tax – the powers of the Tribunal and a sufficient chest of drawers – Nearly Legal

Posted April 16th, 2018 in benefits, housing, news by tracey

‘Two bedroom tax related decisions.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2018

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Accommodation pending Appeal – where to appeal a refusal? – Nearly Legal

Posted April 16th, 2018 in appeals, housing, interpretation, news by tracey

‘Davis v Watford Borough Council (2018) EWCA Civ 529. A technical appeal on a point of construction of Housing Act 1996 on homelessness appeals that has considerable practical importance.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2018

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Home Office accused of turning ‘blind eye to discrimination’ in housing immigration crackdown – The Independent

Posted April 9th, 2018 in housing, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘The Home Office has been accused of turning a “blind eye to discrimination” after rejecting its own inspector’s call to investigate a “racist” scheme targeting private housing tenants.’

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The Independent, 8th April 2018

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Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

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Judges rule on meaning of ‘isolated’ homes and National Planning Policy Framework – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2018 in appeals, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The term ‘isolated’ has its ordinary meaning in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and needs no over-interpretation, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

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New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, legislation, local government, news by sally

‘Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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The costs of dangerous cladding – leaseholders position – Nearly Legal

Posted March 27th, 2018 in costs, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repairs, service charges by tracey

‘First Tier Tribunal LON/00AH/LSC/2017/0435 – Firstport Property Services Ltd v various leaseholders of Citiscape. We previously saw the Salford decision on the costs of a ‘waking watch’ in a tower with ‘Grenfell’ style cladding, but this was the first, keenly awaited, decision on the liability of leaseholders of an affected building (here in Croydon) to pay for the costs of removal and replacement of such cladding under their leases.’

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Nerarly Legal, 26th March 2018

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Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in asylum, contracting out, housing, news by tracey

‘A company subcontracted by the Home Office to run housing for asylum seekers is continuing to force residents to share bedrooms despite the local council banning the practice.
Newcastle City Council banned forced bedroom sharing, which sees unrelated asylum-seeking adults forced to share bedrooms with one another, in March 2017 following widespread public outcry.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2018

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Grenfell Tower inquiry to open with tributes to 71 victims of blaze – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will open with individual portraits of and tributes to the 71 victims of the blaze, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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Government wins High Court appeal against ruling benefit cap unlawfully discriminates – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2018 in appeals, benefits, children, housing, human rights, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The Government has won a Court of Appeal challenge against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.
It follows a High Court ruling last year which found that the benefit cap, which limits the income households receive in certain benefits, unlawfully discriminates against single parents with very young children.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2018

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On a Housing Court and (not) making things simpler – Nearly Legal

Posted March 14th, 2018 in courts, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘A specialist Housing Court is in the air. Sajid Javid, Minister for Housing. Communities and Local Government, has repeatedly mentioned ‘discussions’ with the judiciary on a housing court, ever since the last Tory conference in October. There has been no mention of any progress – and surely progress would have to involve the MoJ, not just the judiciary.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th March 2018

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Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failings – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in fire, freedom of information, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Kensington and Chelsea council has been condemned by the information commissioner for failing to disclose information relating to the Grenfell Tower fire. Elizabeth Denham has made seven rulings against the council for failing to respond to freedom of information requests about fire safety, cladding and risk assessments at the high-rise block.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Law Commission seeks views on boosting take-up of commonhold – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 12th, 2018 in housing, Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is seeking views on why the “little-known and little used” commonhold model of home ownership has not become a popular alternative to residential leasehold.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th March 2018

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Possession and section 11, Children Act 2004 – Nearly Legal

Posted March 9th, 2018 in children, housing, local government, news, repossession by tracey

‘In Davies v Hertfordshire CC [2018] EWCA Civ 379, the Court of Appeal addressed the question of the relevance of s 11, Children Act 2004 on a mandatory possession claim brought by Herts against Mr Davies, a former school caretaker living in tied accommodation with his wife and four children. Herts claimed mandatory possession on service of a notice to quit (which was not necessary in this case).’

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Nearly Legal, 8th March 2018

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A home for the disabled victim – Zenith PI

Posted March 9th, 2018 in birth, damages, disabled persons, hospitals, housing, negligence, news by tracey

‘This blog concerns the case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2017] PIQR Q3. William Davis J gave an impressive and comprehensive analysis of the many problems in that case. JR, who was born in 1992, in the course of delivery suffered from intracranial haemorrhage and brain injury. As a result he experienced severe spastic cerebral palsy and significant cognitive impairment. This was a consequence of the negligence of the Defendant hospital and the issues for the Judge to resolve concerned various questions which were in dispute regarding various consequences of the disaster at the time of JR’s birth.’

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Zenith PI, 9th March 2018

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Homeowners battle freeholder over £20,000 ‘Grenfell bill’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2018 in housing, landlord & tenant, London, news, repairs, service charges, tribunals by tracey

‘Residents of a luxury north London apartment block are battling their freeholder over who should pay a multi-million-pound bill to replace dangerous Grenfell-style cladding, and for the wages of fire marshals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2018

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Landlords warned over blanket ban on applications from people on benefits – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lettings agents and landlords have been warned that they may be breaking the law if they refuse on a blanket basis to consider potential tenants simply because they are on benefits.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st March 2018

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Housing complaints overhaul targets rogue landlords – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in complaints, consultations, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Tenants left fighting with private landlords over shoddy accommodation will be consulted on a new complaints system, the Government has announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2018

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Children Act and Housing – (not) joining the dots – Nearly Legal

Posted February 19th, 2018 in children, disabled persons, housing, local government, news by sally

‘This is a very interesting judicial review, concerning the interrelation of a council’s housing duties under Part 6 and Part 7 Housing Act 1996 and duties to children under s.17 Children Act 1989.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th February 2018

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Vulnerable people ‘trapped in homelessness’ due to law – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, reports by michael

‘Vulnerable people are unable to access social housing, potentially trapping them “in a cycle of homelessness”, due to a change in the law.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2018

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