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Refusing an offer of accommodation

A London borough has succeeded in the Court of Appeal on the issue of what constitutes a refusal under s.193(7) of the Housing Act 1996. Michael Mullin and Elizabeth England explain why. Read more
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  NEWS

December 04, 2020

MoJ issues call for competition for £2.5m housing possession mediation services pilot

The Ministry of Justice is to use an accelerated procedure for the procurement of a £2.5m, 6.5-month possession mediation services pilot.
December 03, 2020

When must an unsuccessful litigant accept "No" for an answer? Court of Appeal hands down latest ruling in long-running planning battle

A planning dispute that has been the subject of nine court hearings must be brought to an end, the Court of Appeal has said.
December 03, 2020

Court of Appeal finds for housing association over grounds maintenance service charge

A social landlord was entitled to impose an extra charge on residents for grounds maintenance in a case affecting some 3,400 tenancy agreements, the Court Of Appeal has ruled.
December 02, 2020

Ministry of Justice consults on reforms to arrangements for obtaining permission to appeal from Upper Tribunal to Court of Appeal

The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on proposals for reforms to arrangements for obtaining permission to appeal from the Upper Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and arrangements for second appeals to the Court of Session.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

December 04, 2020

Local Plans and SEA material

A challenge to the Harrogate Local Plan succeeded on the narrowest and resolvable point, but failed fundamentally on all other grounds, writes Richard Sagar.
December 04, 2020

Land-use conflict

The Supreme Court has given an important ruling on the discharge of restrictive covenants. David Sawtell analyses the judgment.
December 03, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – implications for property

The following Property practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the implications for commercial and residential property of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
November 27, 2020

The Divisional Court on new permitted development rights

The Divisional Court recently rejected a challenge to radical new permitted development. Gary A Grant summarises the judgment.
November 27, 2020

On good terms? Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey completes his 10 top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 26, 2020

HMO licensing, the ‘fit and proper’ test and spent convictions

The Court of Appeal has provided clarity for the test of a ‘fit and proper’ licence holder for houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs), write Simon Kiely and Christian Grierson.
November 26, 2020

Who is going to win the race to the bottom? Make sure it's not you

Rebecca Rees and Scott Dorling look at potential solutions to some of the significant issues facing the social and affordable housing sector.
November 26, 2020

Housing case law update - November 2020

The last month has seen the Court of Appeal and the High Court hand down a number of key rulings affecting the housing sector. Paul Lloyd, Charlotte Rawson and Jatinder Bhamber analyse the judgments.

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November 26, 2020

An end to the water re-seller saga?

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling leaving social landlords facing significant compensation bills for water overcharging. Does your water arrangement expose you to compensation claims? Virginia Cooper and Jason Tandy analyse the impact of the judgment.
November 26, 2020

Empty home strategies and homelessness

Lyndon Campbell examines why local authorities are using enforced sales to tackle homelessness.
November 20, 2020

Environmental sustainability as a governance priority for housing associations

Nathan Bradberry, Sarah Greenhalgh and Deborah Rowntree look at the National Housing Federation Code of Governance’s new requirement for boards of housing associations to set financially sustainable plans with specific consideration given to “carbon neutrality and environmental sustainability”.
November 20, 2020

Whistleblowing: Employment tribunal time limits and the application of the ACAS code of practice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures may apply to whistleblowing allegations. It has also held that the imposition of a new contract was a one-off act with continuing consequences, not an act extending over a period, write Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter.
November 18, 2020

Section 73 permissions, planning conditions and planning obligations

Four recent decisions have not only decided important points regarding planning conditions, section 73 permissions and section 106 planning obligations but have also provided helpfully a more general consideration of the operation of these two statutory provisions which provided the building blocks leading to the decisions reached, writes Christopher Cant.
November 13, 2020

Planning court – Not so fab four

Richard Harwood QC considers the means of challenging planning and related decisions and suggests possible reforms.
November 13, 2020

"Late" review decisions and s.204 homelessness appeals

The Court of Appeal has considered the issue of “late” review decisions and section 204 (homelessness) appeals. Andy Lane and Riccardo Calzavara report on the outcome.
November 13, 2020

When practical jokes go badly wrong

Is an employer vicariously liable for its employees’ practical jokes? Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter analyse a recent High Court judgment.
October 29, 2020

The ICO’s new subject access guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published detailed guidance on how organisations should deal with subject access requests (SARs) “effectively and efficiently”. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the key points.
October 29, 2020

Death to confusion, clarity resurrected

The Court of Appeal has provied clarity on the correct process to follow in order to end the tenancy of a deceased tenant. Victoria Osler analyses the ruling.
October 27, 2020

Rebalancing the housing system

When it comes to building new communities, writes Ian Doolittle, does local authority housing hold the key?
October 27, 2020

Housing Ombudsman's oversight operations overhauled

September marked the start of the Housing Ombudsman's new powers. What effect will this have on registered providers? Digby Morgan reports.