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Housing case law update - June 2020

Daniel Skinner and Natalie Hurst examine the latest housing-related cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court and Upper Tribunal. Read more
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  NEWS

June 29, 2020

Judge rejects application for interim relief after council offered unfurnished flat to claimant particularly vulnerable to COVID-19

A High Court judge has rejected an application for interim relief against a district council amid claims that an unfurnished one-bedroom flat was unsuitable accommodation for a claimant who was particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
June 29, 2020

London borough revises homeless prevention scheme after legal challenge

Lambeth Council is to revise one of its homeless prevention schemes, formerly known as Temp2settled, following a legal challenge amid claims it had resulted in families being removed from its social housing register.
June 29, 2020

Large Midlands social landlord names 12 firms to £7.5m panel

One of the largest housing associations in the Midlands has appointed 12 law firms to a legal services framework worth an estimated £7.5m.
June 26, 2020

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman resumes taking new complaints online

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has announced that, after pausing all casework during the COVID-19 crisis, it will be resuming all existing casework and taking on new complaints through its website from next week (29 June).

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

June 29, 2020

Gas safety certificates and possession proceedings

Sarah Salmon examines an important Court of Appeal ruling on section 21 notices and the service of relevant gas safety records.
June 29, 2020

The section 188(1) duty and the Homelessness Reduction Act

Toby Vanhegan looks at a recent High Court ruling on amendents introduced by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 “New Deal”​

Russell Harris QC explains how the delivery of housing association dwellings could be boosted at a stroke.
June 29, 2020

Private registered providers and the EIRs

The Upper Tribunal has confirmed private registered providers are not subject to the Environmental Information Regulations. Kate Dimes Letters and Andrew Latham look at the key points of the ruling.
June 29, 2020

Income-strip and housing supply

When it comes to boosting housing supply, is income-strip a potential solution? Paul McDermott looks at the advantages.
June 26, 2020

Variation and enforcement of s.106 – Part 3: relationship to s.73 TCPA

In the third in a series of articles by barristers at Landmark Chambers on varying s.106 obligations, Matthew Henderson looks at the relationship to s. 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
June 26, 2020

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes - a practical checklist for varying public sector agreements

How should you go about varying agreements? Kieran McGaughey provides a practical checklist.
June 26, 2020

The right to lobby councillors: Holborn Studios 2

A High Court judge recently considered the right of local councillors to receive correspondence from the public and to consider it when making decisions. Richard Harwood QC analyses the outcome.

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  MORE FEATURES

June 26, 2020

Site allocation plans and Green Belt release

A Planning Court judge recently allowed a legal challenge to the Leeds Site Allocations Plan. Jenny Wigley explains why.
June 26, 2020

Asking employees to re-apply for their old jobs

Can an employer ask a redundant employee to apply for their old job? Mark Stevens examines a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling.
June 19, 2020

The First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) - practice and procedure

This Property Disputes guidance note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the jurisdiction, practice and procedure of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
June 19, 2020

Access to viability assessments: Holborn Studios 2

In the first of two articles Richard Harwood QC considers what the Planning Court had to say about the public's right of access to viability assessments.
June 19, 2020

Varying s106 obligations Part 2: S106B appeals

In the second in a series of articles from Landmark Chambers on the subject of the variation and enforcement of s106 obligations, James Maurici QC considers s106B appeals in relation to variations and discharge.
June 18, 2020

Coronavirus and the duty to house

The High Court has found that local authorities are not obliged to provide furniture and white goods for unfurnished accommodation, writes Tom van der Klugt.
June 12, 2020

Quick guide to landlord’s remedies for breach of lease

The following property disputes guidance note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information for commercial landlords.
June 12, 2020

Varying a s106 obligation

In the first in a series of articles to be published by a group of Landmark barristers over the coming weeks, Kate Olley looks at the variation and enforcement of s106 obligations.
June 12, 2020

The End of PFI or… a new dawn for local authority infrastructure investment?

Rob Hann assesses new guidance from the National Audit Office for public bodies as PFI contracts start coming to an end, and looks at what the future holds for local authority investment.
June 12, 2020

Time limits for tender challenges

Rhodri Williams QC examines a recent High Court ruling on the test for extending time to bring a public procurement challenge.
June 10, 2020

Civil Penalty Notices

Vilma Vodanovic and Alice Richardson examine Civil Penalty Notices. These are part of the range of enforcement measures available to Local Authorities against private residential landlords. The session explores appeals for such Notices in the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber, including an explanation of the process and useful tips.
June 10, 2020

Improvement Notices & the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber

James McHugh and Morgan Brien examine Improvement Notices in relation to Landlords, Local Authorities and their advisers.