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Homelessness and local connection

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers, consider the issues around homelessness and local connection.

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May 22, 2018

LGA concern at draft changes to National Planning Policy Framework

The Local Government Association has welcomed some “welcome and well-intentioned” changes to the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework and draft national planning practice guidance, but said the sector has also has a number of key…
May 21, 2018

Law centres in High Court challenge over housing duty solicitor changes

The High Court will this week (21-22 May) hear a challenge from the Law Centres Network (LCN) to changes that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) wants to introduce to the provision of housing duty solicitor desks in County Courts.
May 09, 2018

Bevan Brittan strengthens housing team with senior associate hire

Law firm Bevan Brittan has bolstered its housing team with the appointment of Sarah Greenhalgh as a senior associate.
May 08, 2018

Security guard did not have authority to accept informations: Admin Court

A sub-contracted court security officer at a magistrates’ court was not a court officer with implied authority to accept informations that a borough council was endeavouring to serve, the Administrative Court has ruled.
Apr 30, 2018

Council wins High Court battle over viability and amount of affordable housing

A Planning Court judge has ruled in favour of the London Borough of Islington in a long-running dispute over a major development which it has said will provide insufficient affordable homes.
Apr 30, 2018

Brokenshire named Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

James Brokenshire has become the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government after Sajid Javid’s appointment as Home Secretary.
Apr 30, 2018

Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge to eviction process

Ashfield District Council was entitled to evict a tenant even though the circumstances differed from those in a court order, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.

Features and analysis

Viability and affordable housing

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A High Court judge has given an important judgment on viability and affordable housing in London. Tim Buley examines the ruling.

Homelessness and academic appeals

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The Court of Appeal has reiterated in the context of homelessness appeals that the discretion to allow an academic appeal to proceed where it raises a point of law of general importance is to be exercised exceptionally, writes Stephanie Lovegrove.

Assisting the homeless

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LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Row, look at how local authorities from 3 April are expected to assist the homeless.

Banning orders – how do they work?

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Christi Scarborough looks at new powers available from 6 April 2018, and the circumstances under which private landlords or letting and management agents might end up subject to an order.

Older articles

Apr 30, 2018

Brokenshire named Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

James Brokenshire has become the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government after Sajid Javid’s appointment as Home Secretary.
Apr 30, 2018

Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge to eviction process

Ashfield District Council was entitled to evict a tenant even though the circumstances differed from those in a court order, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Apr 27, 2018

Costs in public law cases

Alexander Campbell analyses a recent Court of Appeal ruling on costs that has important lessons for local authorities conducting assessments.
Apr 27, 2018

The big court or the home court?

The Court of Appeal has decided that interim relief can only be sought via s.204A Housing Act 1996 if the s.204 appeal is challenging a review decision rather than the original decision. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington report.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.
Apr 20, 2018

Proving an error of law

Elizabeth England discusses a recent Court of Appeal case that reminds us who has the burden of proving an error of law in homelessness appeals under Part VII Housing Act 1996.
Apr 18, 2018

Landlord fails in appeal to tribunal over £2k fine for defective smoke alarm

The First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) has rejected a landlord’s appeal over a £2,000 fine imposed by a council for a defective smoke alarm at a flat he owned.
Apr 16, 2018

Kensington & Chelsea fined £120k for disclosure of owners of empty properties

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been hit with a £120,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after the council unlawfully identified 943 people who owned vacant properties in the borough.
Apr 12, 2018

Council rapped after homeless family left to live in hotel rooms for three years

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has sharply criticised a city council after a family, including children with disabilities, shared a single hotel room for more than three years because the local authority did not treat their housing…
Apr 09, 2018

Councils “threatening to take children of undocumented parents into care”: claim

When faced with undocumented families in desperate need, local authorities are often only offering accommodation to children – “effectively threatening to take them into care if an undocumented parent asks social services for support”, human rights…
Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Apr 06, 2018

LAs and energy efficiency standards

An English local authority can add energy efficiency requirements to its local plan which exceed those of Building Regulations. David Browne explores the key points for local authorities.
Apr 05, 2018

Judges rule on meaning of ‘isolated’ homes and National Planning Policy Framework

The term ‘isolated’ has its ordinary meaning in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and needs no over-interpretation, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Apr 05, 2018

Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities

The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.
Apr 04, 2018

County council to act as guarantor for care leavers when renting

Kent County Council is set to operate a pilot scheme under which it would act as guarantor for care leavers who rent a home and pay a landlord.
Apr 03, 2018

Developer wins permission for judicial review of approval of local plan by district

A property developer has won permission for a judicial review challenge to a district council’s decision to approve its local plan for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent…
Mar 29, 2018

A new approach to viability

Rose Grogan examines the proposed changes in approach to viability in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and accompanying guidance.
Mar 27, 2018

Chief Planner and experts sent in to three councils over local plan delays

The Chief Planner and a team of experts are to be sent in to three councils to assess if the government needs to take over the process of producing the local plan, it has been announced.
Mar 26, 2018

High Court judge rules council unlawfully failed to rehouse family

Disagreements between housing officers and social workers led the London Borough of Haringey to unlawfully fail to rehouse a family, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mar 23, 2018

Approaches to the tilted balance

Josef Cannon reports on an inspector's approach to the ‘tilted balance’ in the National Planning Policy Framework, as the sun begins to set on paragraphs 14 and 49.

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