Landlord ordered to pay more than £33k in fines and costs over failure to license property – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 18th, 2021 in fines, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘Merton Council has successfully prosecuted a landlord and his associated property agency for letting unsafe properties and operating in an unlicensed manner.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2021

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Rent Repayment Orders – not ALL the rent – Nearly Legal

Posted October 12th, 2021 in houses in multiple occupation, landlord & tenant, licensing, news, rent, repayment by sally

‘The RRO application was by the six former tenants of an unlicensed HMO. Conditions at the property had also meant they asked the local authority EHO to inspect, which resulted in (a) the tenants being informed the property was not licensed, (b) a “Preliminary Improvement Notice” listing a number of defects to be remedied, including two category 1 HHSRS hazards (fire safety and excessive cold), and Cc) a finding that one of the bedrooms was too small for the licensing scheme. (The landlord, self described as a “professional landlord” with a “modest portfolio” of properties, did apply for a licence in February 2020, shortly before the tenants left in March 2020, but the application was rejected on the room size and the lack of remedial works).’

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Nearly Legal, 11th October 2021

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First Tier Tribunal wrongly struck out landlord penalty appeal after solicitor failed to pay hearing fee, Upper Tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A private landlord will have her appeal of a £7,000 penalty for failure to license a house in multiple occupation (HMO) decided by a different judge after it was initially refused by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) because her solicitor failed to pay the hearing fee on time, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2021

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Sex Pistols win legal fight against Johnny Rotten over songs – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2021 in agreements, artistic works, consent, licensing, media, news by sally

‘The former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten, has lost a high court attempt to block the punk band’s songs from being used in a forthcoming drama series.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2021

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Council bans ice cream van from street following chime complaints – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in codes of practice, food, licensing, local government, news, noise, nuisance by tracey

‘An ice-cream van operator has been banned from operating on an East Suffolk Council street over a complaint that one of its vehicles sounded its chimes for too long.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th August 2021

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Coroner in Plymouth gunman case requests review of weapons licensing – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2021 in coroners, firearms, inquests, licensing, mental health, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘The coroner overseeing the case of the Plymouth gunman, Jake Davison, who killed his mother and four other people, has asked a watchdog to examine whether changes to weapons licensing have been made since a man shot dead three women in the north of England almost 10 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2021

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Woodmancote shootings: Twin’s gun law anger after family deaths – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2021 in firearms, homicide, licensing, mental health, news by sally

‘A man thought to have shot his partner and daughters before killing himself was given a gun licence despite police knowing he had failed to disclose mental health issues and a conviction.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2021

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Research Briefing: Gambling advertising: how is it regulated? – House of Commons Library

Posted August 17th, 2021 in advertising, codes of practice, gambling, licensing, news, parliament, regulations by tracey

‘This Library Paper looks at the regulation of gambling advertising in Great Britain.’

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House of Commons Library, 13th August 2021

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Plymouth shootings: Police asked to review gun licence process – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2021 in firearms, licensing, news, police by tracey

‘Police forces in England and Wales are being asked to review their current firearm application processes, in the wake of the Plymouth mass shooting.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2021

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Landlord ordered to pay more than £21,000 after council prosecutes him for unlicensed house in multiple occupation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 11th, 2021 in costs, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in Kensal Green has been told to pay more than £21,000 in fines and costs by Willesden Magistrates’ Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th August 2021

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Licensing committees and procedural defects – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 6th, 2021 in complaints, judicial review, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘A recent High Court decision is a timely reminder of the principle that procedural requirements are there to further the interests of justice, writes Gerald Gouriet QC.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th August 2021

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Landlord wins appeal over penalty for letting of flat without licence as Upper Tribunal says matter should have been dealt with informally – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in appeals, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news, penalties by sally

‘A landlord has won an Upper Tribunal appeal over the imposition of a £2,500 financial penalty by a council for letting a flat without a licence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2021

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UK faces legal action over North Sea oilfield exploration plans – The Guardian

‘The government faces the threat of legal action over plans to allow exploration at the Cambo oilfield near Shetland after promising to put an end to new oil exploration licences that do not align with the UK’s climate goals.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

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Anarchy in UK court? Ex-Sex Pistols sue singer Johnny Rotten – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2021 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, licensing, news by tracey

‘Two former members of the Sex Pistols are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming television series about the anarchic punk rock icons.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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A reasonable excuse defence to an RRO – ‘they told me they’d tell me’ – Nearly Legal

Posted June 28th, 2021 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news, rent by tracey

‘D’Costa v D’Andrea & Ors (HOUSING – RENT REPAYMENT ORDERS – the defence of reasonable excuse) (2021) UKUT 144 (LC).’

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Nearly Legal, 27th June 2021

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Renewal of taxi drivers’ licences – Local Government Lawyer

‘Gerald Gouriet QC looks at the issues that arise with the late renewal of taxi drivers’ licences.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th June 2021

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Gambling Operating Licences – 11KBW

Posted June 18th, 2021 in appeals, chambers articles, gambling, licensing, news, tribunals by sally

‘In a wide-ranging decision, the First Tier Tribunal has brought clarity to several aspects of regulatory practice associated with gambling operating licences.’

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11KBW, 8th June 2021

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Greenpeace launch legal action against UK government over secrecy on deep sea mining – The Independent

‘Greenpeace has launched legal action against the UK government over ministers’ failure to disclose information over the first deep sea mining exploration licences to be made public.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2021

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Kate Shemirani: Nurse who claimed 5G caused Covid symptoms and spread vaccine misinformation struck off – The Independent

‘A leading figure in Britain’s anti-vaccination movement who repeatedly spread coronavirus conspiracy theories, and once called the NHS “the new Auschwitz”, has been permanently struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.’

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The Independent, 5th June 2021

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Banning Order? Simples – Nearly Legal

“LB Camden v 1) Simple Properties Management Ltd 2) Mr MIguel Cabeo Cespedes. A banning order! One of – if we are being honest – far too few to date (even taking into account the time lag for relevant offences, prosecutions and applications). But one that can be heartily celebrated as thoroughly deserved, featuring as it does Simple Properties Management Ltd and its sole director, Miguel Cabeo Cespedes. We have come across SPM a few times in the past, as will become apparent, and sometimes it is a pleasure to see such acquaintances get their just deserts.”

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Nearly Legal, 26th May 2021

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk