‘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.’
Nerarly Legal, 26th March 2018
‘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.’
The Independent, 23rd March 2018
‘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.’
The Independent, 15th March 2018
‘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.’
Nearly Legal, 12th March 2018
‘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.’
The Guardian, 13th March 2018
‘In Davies v Hertfordshire CC  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).’
Nearly Legal, 8th March 2018
‘This blog concerns the case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  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.’
Zenith PI, 9th March 2018