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Direct action: natural justice

James Goudie QC examines a recent Planning Court challenge to a council's decision to take direct action under s.178(1) TCPA in order to demolish the claimants' dwelling house.

News headlines

Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Dec 13, 2017

Estate agents fined £35k over failure to provide safety information on HMO

Estate agent Foxtons has been fined £35,000 following action against it by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Dec 04, 2017

DCLG in call for evidence on local authority licensing of park homes

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a call for evidence on how effective local authority licensing of park homes has been.
Oct 24, 2017

CLG Committee to review local authority powers to tackle rogue landlords

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a probe into whether councils have tough enough powers to tackle rogue landlords.
Oct 23, 2017

Council defeats appeal over HMOs, business premises and number of storeys

A business premises situated below a house in multiple occupation (HMO) will count towards the number of qualifying storeys, a High Court judge has ruled.

Features and analysis

Enforcement and certificates of lawfulness

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Phillip Hopkins examines some conundrums created by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in relation to planning applications, enforcement notices and certificates of lawfulness of existing use or development.

Unlawful sub-letting and the abuse of social housing

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A High Court judge has overturned a suspended possession order and given unprecedented guidance on unlawful profits orders. Dean Underwood and Liam Wells explain the ruling.

Eradicating hazards

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The Court of Appeal has considered who should be served with improvement notices and what should be contained in them. Michael Paget examines its guidance.

Enforcement of confiscation orders

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Barnaby Hone sets out some key considerations when it comes to ensuring confiscation orders are enforced.

Older articles

Aug 18, 2017

Lettings agency to pay £20k-plus after prosecution over sham licences

A lettings agency has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines, compensation and costs after issuing ‘sham licences’ to renters and using a letting agency association logo when it was not a member, in what is thought to be the first…
Aug 17, 2017

Unlawful sub-letting and the abuse of social housing

A High Court judge has overturned a suspended possession order and given unprecedented guidance on unlawful profits orders. Dean Underwood and Liam Wells explain the ruling.
Jul 12, 2017

Landlord who delegated to husband loses appeal in enforcement notice case

A landlord has failed in an appeal against a claim by the London Borough of Newham that she ignored enforcement notices related to her property, having argued that she had delegated all responsibility for the property concerned to her husband.
Jul 11, 2017

Law Society fear over lower regulatory enforcement threshold for Welsh RSLs

A Welsh Government proposal to lower the threshold for regulatory enforcement from misconduct and mismanagement to breach of any statutory duty could expose registered social landlords (RSLs) in Wales to disproportionate enforcement actions, the Law…
Jun 19, 2017

Landlords ordered to pay £3k in costs after unreasonable behaviour in appeal

The London Borough of Islington has secured a £3,000-plus costs order in its favour after a judge found that landlords had “behaved unreasonably in bringing an appeal which they never intended to pursue properly and never did pursue properly”.
Jun 16, 2017

PM orders public inquiry into Grenfell Tower disaster as death toll rises

The Prime Minister has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, which has seen 30 people confirmed to have died and dozens more reported missing.
Jun 09, 2017

Eradicating hazards

The Court of Appeal has considered who should be served with improvement notices and what should be contained in them. Michael Paget examines its guidance.
Jun 01, 2017

Landlord first to be prosecuted for failure to be licensed with Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has become the first landlord in Wales to be prosecuted for failing to become licensed with Rent Smart Wales.
Jun 01, 2017

Enforcement of confiscation orders

Barnaby Hone sets out some key considerations when it comes to ensuring confiscation orders are enforced.
May 24, 2017

Landlords found guilty after housing 31 people in four-bed home

Three family members who received £112,000 a year by housing 31 people into a four-bedroom home in Wembley, have been found guilty of breaching landlord licensing rules.
May 22, 2017

Agent claiming to be unaware property was HMO, loses appeal over £20k fine

A lettings agent that claimed that it was unaware a property was a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has lost its appeal over a £20,000 fine.
May 19, 2017

High Court stops compulsory purchase by council of home in poor state of repair

Stevenage Borough Council is taking further legal advice after failing to convince the High Court that it should be able to compulsorily purchase a home described as in such poor condition as to be harmful to the locality.
May 18, 2017

Confiscation proceedings halted over “fatal error” in indication of guilty pleas

A council’s bid to obtain a confiscation order over planning enforcement breaches has been halted after a ruling that the indication of pleas of guilty on the two defendants’ behalf and in their presence by counsel appearing for them in the…
Apr 20, 2017

Council secures £222k confiscation order against landlord over illegal bedsits

A landlord who rented out illegal bedsits has been ordered to pay out £222,000 following a proceeds of crime application brought by Barking and Dagenham Council.
Apr 18, 2017

Planning status of house can be relevant to selective licensing: Upper Tribunal

It is legitimate for a local housing authority to have regard to the planning status of a house when deciding – under a selective licensing regime – whether or not to grant a licence, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.
Apr 12, 2017

Statutory guidance issued on new power to issue £30k civil penalties to rogue landlords

The Government has issued statutory guidance for local housing authorities on the use of new powers to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences under the Housing Act 2004.
Apr 07, 2017

Councils call on Government to close 'legal loophole' on self-contained flats

The Local Government Association has urged the Government to close a “legal loophole” which allows landlords to convert properties into multiple tiny “units” without planning permission.
Apr 06, 2017

HMO licence conditions and occupiers

Can HMO licence conditions restrict occupation to a type of occupier, such as a student? Sarah Salmon reports on a recent Court of Appeal case.
Mar 30, 2017

Council loses Court of Appeal battle over bedroom sizes and students

Nottingham City Council has lost its bid in the Court of Appeal to challenge a term of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences restricting the occupation of bedrooms to a particular type of occupier.
Feb 10, 2017

Redbridge seeks approval to extend selective licensing scheme

The London Borough of Redbridge is to implement a selective licensing scheme to cover private rented accommodation in two of its wards, but is set to seek permission for a much larger scheme.

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