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Lack of succession rights and the HRA

John Murray analyses a recent High Court case whereby a council successfully retained a possession order against a mother and son who suffered from a range of medical issues and resided in a three-bedroom property, but had no succession rights.

News headlines

Jul 04, 2018

District council sees off High Court challenge to Local Plan

A Planning Court judge has dismissed a developer’s legal challenge to Epping Forest District Council’s decision to approve its Local Plan and submit the document to the Secretary of State Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent…
Jul 03, 2018

Councils failing to make application forms for Disabled Facilities Grants freely available

Around half of local authorities in England are failing to make application forms for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) freely available, researchers at the School of Law at Leeds University have claimed.
Jun 28, 2018

Prosecution by city council sees landlord ordered to pay £400k for safety failures

A prosecution brought by City of Lincoln Council has seen a landlord in Lincoln fined £400,000 for failing to comply with fire, health and safety standards in two of his properties.
Jun 26, 2018

Guidance published for housing authorities on extended mandatory HMO licensing

The Government has published new guidance for local housing authorities on extending mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
Jun 25, 2018

Developers limiting supply of new homes in bid to maintain prices: Letwin

Developers are slowing the system for house building by limiting the number of new built homes that are released for sale at any one time, Sir Oliver Letwin has warned in a report.
Jun 22, 2018

Law Centres Network wins battle with MoJ over housing legal aid scheme changes

A High Court judge has quashed changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS), it has been reported.
Jun 21, 2018

Council criticised for failure to take into account health conditions of tenant

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough for failing to take into account a man’s life-threatening health conditions – despite receiving letters from his specialists – when it decided the type of homes for…
Jun 18, 2018

Council to challenge grant of planning permission for 350-home scheme

South Gloucestershire Council is to bring a legal challenge over a planning inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for a 350-home development in Thornbury.

Features and analysis

Second successions?

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A recent High Court case focussed on the issue of statutory succession where one of two joint secure tenants had died, then the remaining tenant later died leaving an adult child (the defendant) in occupation. Rebecca Sembuuze reports.

A pragmatic approach

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John Murray takes a look into a specific appeal against a housing association landlord's decision to serve notice on a starter tenant.

Capacity and housing: a strange relationship

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The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on the capacity to make a homelessness application. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine the ruling.

Homelessness and local connection

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

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Jun 15, 2018

A pragmatic approach

John Murray takes a look into a specific appeal against a housing association landlord's decision to serve notice on a starter tenant.
Jun 14, 2018

Trafficked woman harassed when housed by council fails in damages claim

A judge has dismissed a claim brought by a woman trafficked into prostitution that a council was responsible for harassment that occurred when she was housed.
Jun 13, 2018

Council criticised over failure to support homeless teenager

A homeless Islington teenager has been “lost in the system” after council officers failed to support her when she called on them for help, the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman has said.
Jun 08, 2018

Council rapped for delays while homeless family left in crowded conditions

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough after an investigation found that a mother and her five children were accommodated in a damp and mouldy single bedroom.
Jun 08, 2018

Capacity and housing: a strange relationship

The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on the capacity to make a homelessness application. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine the ruling.
Jun 07, 2018

Councils to be able to apply to establish new town development corporations

Councils will be able to set up locally accountable new town development corporations to promote new homes, Housing Minister Dominic Raab has said.
Jun 04, 2018

High Court to hear application for judicial review of right to rent scheme

The High Court will this week hear an application by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) for a judicial review challenge over the right to rent scheme.
May 31, 2018

Claimant fails in damages claim against council for housing breaches

A woman left in unsuitable housing is not entitled to damages from the London Borough of Enfield, the High Court has said.
May 29, 2018

Anthony Collins hires experienced city council lawyer for housing management team

Hilary Homfray, a solicitor who has worked for Birmingham City Council for the last 14 years, has joined Anthony Collins Solicitors as an associate in its housing management team.
May 24, 2018

Housing association fails in appeal over ruling it harassed tenants

Social landlord Metropolitan Housing Trust has failed to convince the Court of Appeal to overturn a finding that it unlawfully harassed two tenants.
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 11, 2018

Homelessness and local connection

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers, consider the issues around homelessness and local connection.
May 11, 2018

Viability and affordable housing

A High Court judge has given an important judgment on viability and affordable housing in London. Tim Buley examines the ruling.
May 11, 2018

Homelessness and academic appeals

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.
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.
May 04, 2018

Assisting the homeless

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.
May 04, 2018

Banning orders – how do they work?

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.
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.

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