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The End is in Sight – but what then?

The government has set out how possession proceedings will be dealt with once the stay ends next month. Jane Talbot looks at the proposed approach and the issues that could arise. Read more
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  NEWS

July 29, 2020

High Court judge rejects challenge to £317 hourly rate allowed for council lawyers in housing dispute

A High Court has rejected a challenge to the Supreme Court costs office’s suggested rate of £317 an hour for assessing lawyers’ time in costs awards even though a freedom of information request submitted by the unsuccessful claimant revealed that it is 7.5…
July 29, 2020

Upper Tribunal rejects appeal by county council over naming of school for child with special educational needs

Worcestershire County Council has lost an Upper Tribunal case over which school a child with special educational needs should attend.
July 29, 2020

Upper Tribunal dismisses bid to claim adverse possession over land owned by city council

Two applicants have been told they cannot claim adverse possession of council-owned land which is not adjacent to their own.
July 29, 2020

Council loses High Court battle over level of support for disabled young woman

The London Borough of Southwark has lost a High Court case over a disabled young woman’s care plan after a judge found aspects of the council’s case to be materially flawed or erroneous.

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July 30, 2020

Landlord’s knowledge of breach: waiver of forfeiture

The High Court has considered the interrelationship between a landlord’s knowledge and the date of accrual of a tenant’s liability and their effect on waiver of forfeiture. Lachlan Stewart examines the ruling.
July 28, 2020

Draft Building Safety Bill Published

The Government has published draft legislation that it says will provide the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”. Jonathan Turner and Louise Robling look at the key points.
July 28, 2020

Stock Transfer RPs and the use of mandatory ground 7A

Yetunde Dania analyses a recent housing law case which, she says, will be a source of comfort to Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) registered providers of social housing when they are seeking to recover possession based on ground 7A.
July 28, 2020

Renegotiating LSVT sharing agreements

We are seeing a steady stream of stock transfer housing associations re-negotiate their historic sharing agreements that originally formed part of their transfer agreement. Rob Beiley looks at the opportunities this presents.
July 28, 2020

Wholesale reform for residential leaseholders

Following the Law Commission's report on the valuation aspects of enfranchisement rights in January, the Commission has now published its recommendations as to what enfranchisement rights should be. William Bethune looks at what the law reform body has to say.
July 28, 2020

Access all areas: facilities rights are a big deal

Roy Pinnock and Amy Carter look at the thorny issue of access to facilities in larger schemes.
July 28, 2020

Helping Registered Providers raise funds quickly and efficiently in challenging times

The current pandemic has demonstrated not only the volatility of the financial markets but also the resilience and attractiveness of social housing as a safe haven for investors. David Moore, Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree discuss how registered providers can get the most out of the shift towards social housing.

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July 28, 2020

Helping Registered Providers raise funds quickly and efficiently in challenging times

The current pandemic has demonstrated not only the volatility of the financial markets but also the resilience and attractiveness of social housing as a safe haven for investors. David Moore, Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree discuss how registered providers can get the most out of the shift towards social housing.
July 28, 2020

Upper Tribunal revisits "What is an HMO?"

It is vital that landlords, tenants and local authorities all understand when a property should properly be classed as a House in Multiple Occupation (“HMO”). Christopher Hoskins outlines a recent Upper Tribunal case which revisited this issue as it affects blocks of self-contained flats.
July 28, 2020

Housing case law update: July 2020

Paul Lloyd, Sarah Christy and Catherine Craven round up the latest housing law cases from the county court to the Court of Appeal.
July 28, 2020

Landlord licensing in Wales

Must a landlord in Wales be licensed to serve a notice under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988? Justin Bates and Kimberley Ziya report on an important Court of Appeal ruling.
July 27, 2020

Statutory taxi and private hire vehicle standards

Philip Kolvin QC examines the statutory and philosophical underpinning of the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards, together with their implications for licensing regulation.
July 23, 2020

Discharge of deputies appointed by the Court of Protection

Lee Parkhill sets out the lessons to be learned after a council applied to the Court of Protection to be discharged as a property and affairs deputy in seven cases.
July 23, 2020

Waste planning in a commercial context

A High Court judge recently ruled that Essex County Council was entitled in 2019 to terminate a 25-year contract for the processing of household waste. Stephen Tromans QC explains why.
July 23, 2020

Interpreting green wedge policy

Paul G Tucker QC and Constanze Bell analyse a recent Court of Appeal judgment regarding the interpretation of green wedge policy.
July 23, 2020

Coronavirus – accentuating the differences

V. Charles Ward looks at the issues thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to exchange of contracts, transfer of funds, and due diligence identification.
July 23, 2020

The public sector in the new normal

Jenny Dickson sets out five trends that are likely to develop in the public sector in light of the coronavirus - and looks at their possible consequences.