You ain’t the boss of me (yet) – Nearly Legal

‘When a section 21 notice is served, does the party serving it (or on whose behalf it is served) have to be the tenant’s landlord at that time?’

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Nearly Legal, 31st October 2018

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Property Guardians – licence not tenancy in office building – Nearly Legal

Posted October 26th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, leases, news, repossession by tracey

‘Camelot Guardian Management Ltd v Khoo (2018) EWHC 2296 (QB). This is quite a significant judgment on the issue of property guardians and the licence/tenancy distinction. This was Mr Khoo’s appeal of a first instance possession judgment that found his occupation was under a licence, not a tenancy.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd October 2018

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Doing the same thing all over again – Nearly Legal

‘A county court appeal arising out of a set of proceedings starting with a disrepair claim by a private sector tenant, which raises issues of service and when second proceedings are an abuse of process. Our thanks to Hardwicke Chambers for making the judgment available.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th October 2018

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Council wins possession of wildlife garden but eviction must wait for JR hearing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in commons, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘A judge has confirmed Lewisham Council’s right to possession of a wildlife garden in Deptford as part of a housing project, but said it cannot take place until seven days after a High Court judge holds an oral hearing into whether to grant permission for a judicial review challenge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2018

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A noisy appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted October 1st, 2018 in appeals, housing, news, noise, nuisance, repossession by sally

‘This was Curo Places appeal of a Circuit Judge’s dismissal of its possession claim against Ms Walker.’

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Nearly Legal, 30th September 2018

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International Court of Justice begins hearing on Britain’s separation of Chagos islands from Mauritius – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2018 in Chagos Islands, international courts, international law, news, repossession by sally

‘Britain has apologised for the “shameful” way it evicted islanders from the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, but insisted Mauritius was wrong to bring a dispute over sovereignty of the strategic atoll group to the United Nations’ top court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2018

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Unregulated eviction service “crossed line” into litigation – Legal Futures

Posted August 29th, 2018 in legal services, news, repossession, solicitors by sally

‘An unregulated eviction service called Remove a Tenant “crossed the line” between assisting claimants and conducting litigation, a judge has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2018

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No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in homelessness, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘Hundreds of families are being made homeless every week in “no-fault” evictions by landlords keen to cash in on rising property prices or put the rent up.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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Section 21- Notices and the Possession Procedure – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, news, notification, reasons, repossession by sally

‘What is a section 21 (“s21”) notice?

It is a method of ending an assured shorthold tenancy by giving two months’ notice. The advantage of a s21 notice over other types of notice is that a Landlord does not have to give a reason for requiring possession.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 16th July 2018

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Trespassers and Human Rights – Where are we now? – Falcon Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in human rights, news, repossession, trespass by sally

‘Those who act for private sector landlords in residential possession proceedings will be familiar with the decision of the Supreme Court in McDonald v McDonald [2017] AC 273, which was argued successfully by Stephen Jourdan QC and Ciara Fairly of Falcon Chambers. In McDonald, the Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a tenant in summary possession proceedings could require the court to consider the proportionality of making a possession order, having regards to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR): the well-known right to respect for private and family life. In particular, the court was required to decide whether a private landlord’s mandatory right to possession of her property under section 21 of the Housing Act 1998 could be curtailed or defeated entirely by invoking Article 8.’

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Falcon Chambers, May 2018

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Equality Act and Evictions – Nearly Legal

Posted August 6th, 2018 in disability discrimination, equality, news, repossession, warrants by sally

‘An appeal on the issue of whether disability discrimination should be considered afresh on an application for stay of warrant following breach of a suspended possession order.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th August 2018

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Disability Discrimination and Proportionality in Possession Proceedings – Zenith PI Blog

Posted July 30th, 2018 in disability discrimination, news, proportionality, repossession by sally

‘Discussion of two recent cases of Eales v Havering London Borough Council unreported (decision of Sir Alistair Macduff in the QBD of 13th July 2018) and Paragon Asra Housing LTD (formerly known as Paragon Community Housing Ltd) v James Neville [2018] EWCA Civ 1712.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 27th July 2018

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Whose jurisdiction is it anyway? – Nearly Legal

Posted June 29th, 2018 in jurisdiction, news, repossession, service charges by tracey

‘Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC). As many readers of this blog will be aware we have a number of different courts and tribunals involved in residential property. In some cases, notably leasehold service charges, there is sometimes a need to engage with two of these entities (namely the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal) in the same matter. This situation arises particularly where a money judgement or possession order is sought for non-payment of service charges and is defended on the basis that the charge is unreasonable or excessive. This question is properly a matter for the FTT and under s176A of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 the County Court may transfer to the FTT “so much of the proceedings as relate to the determination of that question”. This is an enormous amount of hassle and in an effort to improve the situation there has been a CJC-led pilot running whereby FTT Judges (all of whom are also County Court judges by virtue of s5, County Courts Act 1984) actually sit “double-hatted” dealing with the FTT and Courts aspects in one go. This has been described in an entertaining speech by Vos LJ as a “sticking plaster” and is one of the reasons for calls for reform and a single Housing Court (although see NL on that topic here).’

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Nearly Legal, 28th June 2018

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Smith v Khan – Arden Chambers

Posted June 12th, 2018 in appeals, compensation, damages, landlord & tenant, news, repossession, trespass by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that, in unlawful eviction cases, damages for trespass must compensate the tenant not merely for the letting value of the property of which he has been deprived but also for the anxiety, inconvenience and mental stress involved in the loss of what was the tenant’s home. The practice of cross-checking the amount of damages against the contractual rent used in disrepair cases (Wallace v Manchester CC [1998] 30 H.L.R. 1111, CA) does not apply to such claims.’

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Arden Chambers, 18th May 2018

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Court of Appeal on illegal eviction – quantum and heads of claim – Nearly Legal

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in appeals, housing, illegality, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘Mrs S was the wife of Mr S, married in 2011. (Mrs S had leave to remain in the UK but no recourse to public funds, just to explain some odd bits along the way). In June 2014, Mr S took an assured shorthold tenancy of a flat from Mr K, the landlord for a 12 month term. The rent was paid from Mr S’ housing benefit.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th May 2018

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Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge to eviction process – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 1st, 2018 in appeals, landlord & tenant, local government, news, repossession by tracey

‘Ashfield District Council was entitled to evict a tenant even though the circumstances differed from those in a court order, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th April 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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When no means no: time limits that cannot be extended, even if non-compliance is outside your control – The 36 Group

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, landlord & tenant, local government, news, repossession, time limits by sally

‘Harris v London Borough of Hounslow [2017] EWCA Civ 1476 is a warning to all secure tenants that face eviction under the new absolute grounds for possession: you must comply with the 7-day statutory time limit to request a review even, it seems, if you can’t.’

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The 36 Group, 23rd October 2017

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The Mandatory Ground of Possession Under Housing Act 1985: Out of Time Reviews – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, repossession, time limits by sally

‘Mr Harris, the appellant, was the secure tenant of Hounslow London Borough Council, the respondent. On 17 November 2015, the police obtained a closure order, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ASBCPA 2014), in respect of the property where he lived, following complaints of noise nuisance and visitors loitering, smoking, drinking and using drugs in the stairwell.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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High Court judge rejects appeal by council over dismissal of possession claim – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in appeals, news, repossession by tracey

‘An appeal by the London Borough of Southwark in a possession case has been dismissed as being based on a disagreement about the facts found by the original judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2017

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