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Dealing with Hoarding during the Coronavirus crisis

There has been some focus on the effects of anti-social behaviour upon neighbours but what about cases such as hoarding where the main person affected is the hoarder themselves and the property? Anna Bennett looks at the options. Read more
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April 05, 2021

Campaigners seek oral hearing after refusal of permission for statutory review challenge over adoption of Local Plan

A campaign group has filed a request for an oral hearing after a High Court judge refused permission on the papers for a legal challenge over South Oxfordshire District Council’s decision to proceed with its Local Plan 2035.
April 05, 2021

Trowers & Hamlins advises social landlord on strategic partnership with investment firm

Law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised The Hyde Group on the formation of a strategic partnership with global investment firm M&G, which will lead to the development of £500m new sustainably designed affordable homes.
April 05, 2021

Devonshires promotes two lawyers to partner

Law firm Devonshires has promoted two lawyers to partner, taking the total number of partners at the firm to 43.
April 05, 2021

Housing Ombudsman forecasts increase in enquiries and complaints during 2021/22 as a result of pandemic

The Housing Ombudsman has predicted that the volume of enquiries and complaints the service receives will continue to rise in 2021/22, and that there will be a growing number of more complex complaints requiring investigation of a landlord’s actions in the…


April 06, 2021

Too much, too soon

A High Court judge recently allowed an appeal against a decision of a Circuit Judge to dismiss a claim that an asylum seeker who had been accommodated by a local authority under the “Everyone In” scheme did not have an arguable case that he had been granted a secure tenancy. Justin Bates explains why.
April 05, 2021

Alternative dispute resolution and the Housing Ombudsman

The Housing Ombudsman has announced plans to publish individual determinations and reports based on complaints that it has reviewed. Matthew Lake examines the proposals.
April 05, 2021

Better late than never: round two

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that where a local authority makes a homelessness review decision late, that decision is valid notwithstanding its lateness, writes Alexander Campbell.
March 31, 2021

New and repeat lessons from CIL appeal decisions

The flow of appeals against surcharges and deemed commencement dates under regulations 117 and 118 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 to the Planning Inspectorate continues unabated. Christopher Cant looks at what can be learned.
March 31, 2021

Complying with a deemed grant of planning permission under the GPDO

The High Court has quashed a planning inspector’s decision allowing the conversion of an industrial warehouse to flats. Charles Streeten explains why.
March 30, 2021

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 landlords of the Covid-19 pandemic.
March 29, 2021

Housing case law update - March 2021

Paul Lloyd, Helen Gascoigne and Catherine Craven analyse the latest court rulings and Ombudsman investigations of interest to housing associations and local authorities.
March 26, 2021

Transformation? Or transparency gone too far?

Kieran McGaughey provides a local authority view on the transparency obligations contained in the procurement Green Paper.

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March 26, 2021

Diverting a footpath under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the criteria for the diversion of a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway. Trevor Ward examines the ruling.
March 26, 2021

The procurement Green Paper and selection of tenderers

Andrew Millross examines the proposals in relation to the selection (prequalification) of tenderers contained in the Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement.
March 19, 2021

Brexit - key legislation explained

The following Public Law practice note produced in partnership with Dr. Kieran Laird of Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the key legislation governing Brexit.
March 19, 2021

Development of "isolated homes in the countryside"

The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on “isolated homes” and national heritage policy, writes Melissa Murphy.
March 19, 2021

From 'MEAT' to 'MAT'

Andrew Millross examines a proposal in the Green Paper: Transforming public procurement to change the basis of contract awards from “most economically advantageous tender” (MEAT) to “most advantageous tender” (MAT).
March 03, 2021

Pressing pause on bankruptcy and possession action under the new Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme

Richard Hanstock and Vicki Hanstock set out the key elements of a forthcoming Government scheme aimed at encouraging people to obtain professional debt advice, and analyse its impact on local authorities and other landlords.
March 02, 2021

The pitfalls of relying on s21 during the pandemic

Master Dagnall recently gave judgment in a case which considered several issues regarding the pandemic and possession proceedings which are worthy of note as the stay on evictions has again been extended, writes Jane Talbot.
March 02, 2021

Homelessness and Allocations – what now post Brexit?

At 11pm on 31 December 2020 (the implementation period (“IP”) completion date) the UK withdrew from the EU. What effect has this had on local authority assessments of eligibility for homelessness applications and allocations made pursuant to Parts 6 and 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (“HA 1996”)? Peggy Etiebet explains.
March 02, 2021

Providing information about anti-social behaviour

In the light of a recent case Melanie Dirom considers a landlord’s duty of care to provide anti-social behaviour and complaints information.
March 02, 2021

Interim accommodation and local connections

Nick Grundy QC and Victoria Osler examine a High Court ruling on when ‘interim accommodation’ does not give rise to a ‘local connection’.
March 02, 2021

Allocation schemes and "preferences"

A Deputy High Court judge recently ruled that a council had misapplied its Allocation Scheme by treating a “preference” given to families with children as an automatic decision in their favour. Tessa Buchanan analyses the ruling.
March 01, 2021

Housing case law update - February 2021

Daniel Skinner, Katrina Robinson and Kirsten Taylor round up the latest court rulings and Ombudsman reports of interest to the housing sector.