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Curing a breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty in possession proceedings

Christian Grierson and Simon Kiely examine the impact of a High Court judge’s ruling on whether a breach of the public sector equality duty (PSED) can be cured in possession proceedings. Read more
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January 18, 2021

Judge dismisses application for interim relief for homeless asylum seeker after breach of duty of candour

A Deputy High Court judge has dismissed an application for interim relief in the form of suitable accommodation submitted on behalf of a street homeless former asylum seeker, both on the merits and because of the claimant’s breach of the duty of candour.
January 15, 2021

Age assessments 2020: a year in review

Donnchadh Greene provides an overview of some of the key legal cases in 2020 concerning age assessments and support for those whose age is disputed.
January 14, 2021

London borough left homeless family in B&B for too long: Ombudsman

Two London schoolchildren were left in bed and breakfast accommodation for too long by Redbridge Council, according to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
January 14, 2021

Ombudsman criticises council for failure to consider relaxing local connection criterion for domestic abuse victim

A London council failed to consider the exceptional circumstances of a victim of domestic abuse when assessing her housing needs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.


January 15, 2021

One more time - multiple planning permissions

Mark Child analyses a recent Court of Appeal judgment involving a national park authority and what it means for sites with multiple planning permissions and the practice of ‘drop-in’ permissions.
January 14, 2021

The halt on evictions (again)

Amy Kelly analyses the latest prohibition on enforcement of some possession orders in England and Wales.
January 13, 2021

PPN 11/20 and reserving contracts for local suppliers - a sting in the tail for local authorities

Local authorities should be wary of reserving contracts for local suppliers, as recommended by a recent Procurement Policy Note, writes Andrew Millross. Other contracting authorities may want to maximise their use of this guidance.
January 07, 2021

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018: Virtual workshop

Desmond Kilcoyne and Katherine Archer unpack the provisions in the Habitation Act 2018 and assess the significance of the new law.
January 05, 2021

Local authorities and the Charter for Social Housing Residents

In a previous article on the social housing white paper – the Charter for Social Housing Residents, Scott Dorling considered the issue of stigma and the charter's ambitions (or potential lack there of) to tackle the stigma associated with social housing. He now examines the charter's specific impacts on local authority landlords.
January 04, 2021

Housing case law update - December 2020

Christopher Skinner, Sarah Christy and Ian Larkins round up the latest judgments affecting housing associations and local authorities.
December 23, 2020

Procurement claims: practical insights on summary judgment and the automatic statutory suspension

Lynsey Oakdene sets out the lessons to be learned for contracting authorities and bidders from a recent procurement case concerning the award of a contract to provide an automatic number plate recognition system.
December 23, 2020

Leading the way in health and safety

Sarah Greenhalgh and Adam Kendall consider the National Housing Federation Code of Governance’s requirement for housing associations to treat health and safety as an ‘overriding priority’.

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December 18, 2020

Social housing and stigma

Scott Dorling analyses the government's efforts to address the stigma associated with social housing.
December 16, 2020

Government proposals for procurement reform

Peter Ware discusses some of the key highlights from the Green Paper on procurement reform including a re-scoping of the underlying principles of public procurement, a streamlining of the recognised procurement procedures, and some potentially controversial proposals in relation to remedies.
December 11, 2020

Can you legally record video meetings?

Whilst video-conferencing via Zoom or Teams etc has allowed us to carry out our business relatively uninterrupted, they have also presented organisations with a new set of privacy considerations to take into account, writes Bronwen Jones.
December 11, 2020

Prior Approval consents

Beware the limitations and conditions of ‘Prior Approval’ consents, writes Izindi Visagie.
December 11, 2020

Settled accommodation and the chain of intentional homelessness

The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on ‘settled accommodation’ and the chain of intentional homelessness. Ian Peacock and Anneli Robins report on a case providing helpful guidance to local authorities.
December 11, 2020

Payment approaches in major government contracts

Jenny Beresford-Jones examines a new procurement policy note on evaluating payment approaches in the procurement of major government contracts.
December 08, 2020

Residential fire safety update

Justin Bates and Simon Allison provide an update on the Building Safety Fund and new building safety legislation.
December 04, 2020

Refusing an offer of accommodation

A London borough has succeeded in the Court of Appeal on the issue of what constitutes a refusal under s.193(7) of the Housing Act 1996. Michael Mullin and Elizabeth England explain why.
December 04, 2020

Local Plans and SEA material

A challenge to the Harrogate Local Plan succeeded on the narrowest and resolvable point, but failed fundamentally on all other grounds, writes Richard Sagar.
December 04, 2020

Land-use conflict

The Supreme Court has given an important ruling on the discharge of restrictive covenants. David Sawtell analyses the judgment.
December 03, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – implications for property

The following Property practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the implications for commercial and residential property of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
November 27, 2020

The Divisional Court on new permitted development rights

The Divisional Court recently rejected a challenge to radical new permitted development. Gary A Grant summarises the judgment.