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

Source: 36group.co.uk

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

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

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

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Deposits, Lies and Unlawful Evictions – Nearly Legal

Posted November 1st, 2017 in damages, deposits, landlord & tenant, news, repossession, trespass by sally

‘The Claimants were the tenants of a property owned by the Defendant by way of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement dated 18th September 2012. A deposit was paid in the sum of £500 but not protected by the Defendant.’

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Nearly Legal, 31st October 2017

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Partridge v Gupta – Arden Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in civil procedure rules, housing, news, notification, repossession by sally

‘The High Court has held that CPR 83.13 (permission required to issue a writ of possession) does not require that the occupier be given notice of the actual application for permission. What is required is that they should have sufficient knowledge about the case as a whole.’

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Arden Chambers, 15th August 2017

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

Bucknall v Dacorum Borough Council – Arden Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in housing, local government, news, notification, regulations, repossession by sally

‘The High Court has held that it is a question of fact whether accommodation occupied after the acceptance of a full housing duty under s.193(2), Housing Act 1996, but which was initially provided to the applicant under s.188, is a “dwelling” for the purposes of ss.3 and 5, Protection from Eviction Act 1977. In the present case, the appellant occupied the property as a dwelling and the notice to quit served on her was invalid because it did not contain the information prescribed by the Notices to Quit etc. (Prescribed Information) Regulations 1988 (SI 1988/2201).’

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Arden Chambers, 10th August 2017

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Illegal subletting – an ‘elaborate farrago of lies’ – Nearly Legal

Posted August 15th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repossession, social security by sally

‘Ms Afsana Begum and Mr Mohammed Rohim were the joint assured tenants of Poplar Housing from October 2014. The property was a two bed flat. The rent was paid in full by housing benefit. In August 2015, Poplar received a tip off that the property was being sub let. On investigation, Ms B had financial links to another flat nearby, her mother’s.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2017

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Dwelling in temporary accommodation – Nearly Legal

Posted August 14th, 2017 in housing, local government, news, repossession, statutory interpretation by sally

‘When is temporary accommodation provided under the Housing Act 1996 Section 193(2) duty occupied ‘as a dwelling’ fo the purposes of Section 3 Protection from Eviction Act 1977?’

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Nearly Legal, 13th August 2017

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Housing association secures outright possession order on appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2017 in appeals, fraud, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘A housing association has successfully appealed a Recorder’s decision to grant only a suspended order of possession, with the High Court judge concluding that the original ruling was “fatally and demonstrably flawed”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2017

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Hertfordshire CC v Davies – Arden Chambers

Posted July 6th, 2017 in employment, housing, human rights, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘The High Court has held that the exclusion from security of tenure for service occupiers is not unlawful discrimination contrary to Art.14, European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Arden Chambers, 21st June 2017

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

Service Occupiers: Exclusion from Security of Tenure Regime Compatible with ECHR – Garden Court Chambers

‘The claimant, Hertfordshire County Council, were the owners of a bungalow occupied by the defendant, Mr Davies, and his family. The accommodation was tied to a local school, and Mr Davies had lived there since 2003 in his role as caretaker for the school.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 5th July 2017

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Queen’s Speech confirms that unfair rules on logbook loans are being sent to the scrapheap – Law Commission

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, loans, news, parliament, press releases, repossession by tracey

‘The Law Commission welcomes plans outlined in today’s Queen Speech to close a legal loophole which means buyers of second-hand vehicles are at risk of having them repossessed due to unfair logbook loans.’

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Law Commission, 21st June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Islington LBC v Dyer – Arden Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in appeals, documents, local government, news, notification, repossession by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that a local authority had served a valid notice of possession proceedings under s.128, Housing Act 1996, notwithstanding that the information required by s.128(7) was included in a leaflet accompanying the notice rather than in the body of the notice itself.’

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Arden Chambers, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.ardenchambers.com

Court of Appeal rules against twin sisters over occupation of council flat – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 29th, 2017 in appeals, landlord & tenant, local government, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘Twins who did not occupy a council flat as their main residence were not entitled to remain there having built up substantial rent arrears, the Court of Appeal has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th March 2017

Source: www.localgovernment.co.uk

Watts v Stewart – leases and licences revisited – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 21st, 2017 in charities, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, licensing, news, repossession by sally

‘On 29th September 2004 the Trustees of the Ashtead United Charity allocated Mrs Janet Watts accommodation in an almshouse, in fact one of 14 residential flats the Charity owned at Ashstead in Surrey. In May 2015 they issued proceedings for possession based on the allegations that Mrs Watts had acted in an anti-social manner, swearing, spitting, and aggression. This was a breach of the terms of the Appointments Letter under which she was allocated the property. At the first directions hearing the District Judge ordered a trial of the issue of whether Mrs Watts occupied as a licensee of the Charity or a tenant. If the former of course it would be relatively easy for the Charity to evict her; if the latter, much less so.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 18th January 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Revenge eviction law ‘not working’ – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in complaints, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn’t working, say MPs and housing lawyers.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2017

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Private sector updates – Nearly Legal

Posted November 25th, 2016 in agency, fees, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘Section 8 notice prescribed form. The Govt has made The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016. The Schedule contains a new ‘form 3’ – the prescribed form of Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession. This must be used for s.8 notices served on or after 1 December 2016.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd November 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

Cardiff v Lee: Permission needed to enforce a suspended possession order – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Last week, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cardiff County Council v Lee (Flowers) [2016] EWCA Civ 1034, confirming that all landlords, whether social or private, are required to seek the permission of the County Court under CPR r83.2 in order to obtain a warrant of possession for breach of a suspended possession order.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th November 2016

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

A non-binary outcome – Nearly Legal

‘This is a cautionary tale for DJs and DDJs hearing Equality Act defences. In Birmingham CC v Stephenson [2016] EWCA Civ 1029 (not on Bailii yet, but we have seen a transcript), the Court of Appeal considered whether a possession order granted in respect of an introductory tenancy was wrongly granted where an Akerman-Livingstone Equality Act style defence was raised (alongside an Article 8 defence). Mr Stephenson had been responsible for noise nuisance from his (uncarpeted) flat. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, the symptoms of which are alleviated but not completely cured by medication.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st November 2016

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Pensioner ‘cannot pay’ Lewes hospital eviction bill – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2016 in costs, elderly, hospitals, news, repossession by tracey

‘A pensioner evicted from the hospital bed she occupied for 14 months has said she cannot pay the £8,000 legal bill she faces. Diane Price, 79, was transferred to a rehabilitation unit at Lewes Victoria Hospital in East Sussex after breaking her leg in a car crash last May. She refused to leave despite doctors telling her she should return home. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust won a possession order in the High Court to free up her bed.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk