Supreme Court to consider rent repayment order regime and superior landlords – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in a case concerning the Rent Repayment Order regime in the Housing Act 2004 and Housing and Planning Act 2016, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th May 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

One in eight private rented homes poses ‘serious threat’ to occupants’ health, damning report finds – The Independent

‘More than one in eight privately rented homes in England pose a “serious threat” to the health and safety of their occupants, a damning report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 13th April 2022

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What’s the use of a property guardian? – Gatehouse Chambers

Posted April 8th, 2022 in appeals, chambers articles, housing, news, rent, statutory interpretation by sally

‘“What’s the use of a property guardian?” While that might be a potentially facetious question in the mouth of a person who has no experience of property guardians, it was also the question which was decided recently in the interesting Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decision of Martin Rodger QC, Deputy Chamber President, in Global 100 Limited v Carlos Jimenez & Ors [2022] UKUT 50 (LC). In that case, however, the question was not facetious but, rather, a serious legal one which determined the outcome of the dispute.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 30th March 2022

Source: gatehouselaw.co.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 5th, 2022 in coronavirus, legislation, national insurance, parliament, rent by tracey

2022 c. 12 – Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022

2022 c. 11 – Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022

2022 c. 16 – National Insurance Contributions (Increase of Thresholds) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Property Guardians and HMOs – they are, you know – Nearly Legal

‘Global 100 Ltd v Jimenez & Ors (HOUSING – HOUSE IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION – RENT REPAYMENT ORDER – “property guardians”) (2022) UKUT 50 (LC) In which Global 100, flushed by their win in the Court of Appeal in Global 100 Ltd v Laleva (2021) EWCA Civ 1835 (our note), appealed a First Tier Tribunal decision that a commercial office building, in which 10-12 guardians were living, was an unlicensed HMO and rent repayment orders followed.’

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Nearly Legal, 2nd March 2022

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Evictions rise: ‘I was quite upset, it was panic mode’ – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2022 in coronavirus, deposits, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘The government introduced a ban on evictions in March 2020 to protect renters during the pandemic, but this was lifted in May 2021.

Now government figures show that repossession claims by private landlords are returning to pre-pandemic levels.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2022

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Research Briefing: Social Housing Reform in England: What Next? – House of Commons Library

Posted February 18th, 2022 in bills, government departments, housing, news, parliament, rent by tracey

‘The Government’s social housing white paper is intended to deliver transformational change for social housing residents in England. This briefing outlines the measures set out in the white paper, stakeholder reaction and the next steps.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th February 2022

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RROs, company directors and reasonable excuses – Nearly Legal

Posted January 24th, 2022 in housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, tribunals by tracey

‘A couple of Upper Tribunal appeal decisions on rent repayment order cases.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd January 2022

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill: the Code of Practice – Local Government Lawyer

‘In the third article in a three-part series on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill, Edward Blakeney and Mattie Green examine the accompanying Code of Practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd December 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Research Briefing: Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 26th, 2021 in bills, housing, leases, news, parliament, rent by tracey

‘This briefing paper outlines the main provisions of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021-22 and the key issues raised during consideration in the House of Lords.’

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House of Commons Library , 25th November 2021

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

London borough to pay £8k+ after family remained in unsuitable accommodation for 23 months – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Newham is to pay more than £8,000 to a mother of four after failing to move her and her family from “overcrowded and hazardous” accommodation for almost two years, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Rent Repayment applications – time limits for substituting parties – Nearly Legal

Posted November 1st, 2021 in appeals, housing, jurisdiction, landlord & tenant, news, rent, striking out, time limits by tracey

‘Gurusinghe & Ors v Drumlin Ltd (HOUSING – RENT REPAYMENT ORDER – Procedure) (2021) UKUT 268 (LC). Just a quick note on this one – an appeal to the Upper Tribunal on an FTT decision on an application to add a new respondent to an RRO application as the proper landlord.’

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Nearly Legal, 31st October 2021

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Recovering commercial rent during the pandemic – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 15th, 2021 in coronavirus, debts, landlord & tenant, leases, local government, news, rent, set-off by tracey

‘Clare Hartley and Chloe Postlethwaite analyse the latest favourable ruling for landlords in relation to commercial rent recovery during Covid-19, a judgment that confirms landlords can currently still rely on the court route notwithstanding the UK Government’s plans for arbitration next year.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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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A tale of two judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, county courts, judges, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent by sally

‘Solicitors often warn clients that the views of the judge can make a difference to the outcome of their case, especially at first instance. Two county court judgments on the issue of whether a commercial lease renewed under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 should contain a ‘Covid clause’ are the perfect illustration of this.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Pick the first landlord up – Nearly Legal

Posted July 30th, 2021 in appeals, debts, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, statutory interpretation by sally

‘This is the Court of Appeal judgment on an appeal from the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) appeal. It is of huge significance for Rent Repayment Order applications where the tenants’ immediate landlord is an intermediate landlord (like all rent to rent set ups) or where there are so many and various companies involved that it is hard to work out who the immediate landlord actually is.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th July 2021

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RROs – late payments, rent arrears and deposits considered by the Upper Tribunal – Nearly Legal

Posted July 20th, 2021 in deposits, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repayment by sally

‘An Upper Tribunal appeal decision on a Rent Repayment Order decision that raised three issue. t”he treatment of payments made by a tenant after the landlord has stopped committing the relevant housing offence, but in respect of rent arrears which fell due while the offence was being committed; secondly, the treatment of rent deposits; and thirdly, whether the failure of the tenant to pay rent and the existence of substantial arrears are matters of conduct which can properly be taken into account when considering the amount to be repaid.”’

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Nearly Legal, 18th July 2021

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Stay of proceedings in consequence of restructuring plan – Mills & Reeve

‘A restructuring plan to compromise certain landlord claims was allowed to proceed without being impeded by judgment being entered on a landlord’s claim for arrears.’

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Mills & Reeve, 7th July 2021

Source: www.mills-reeve.com

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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Binding arbitration to settle Covid commercial rent disputes – Litigation Futures

‘The government is to introduce mandatory, binding arbitration to settle disputes between landlords and businesses struggling to pay their rent because of the pandemic.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com