Archive for April 2011
I was in B&Q the other day, when a man in an orange overall came up to me and asked if I wanted decking… luckily I managed to get the first punch in.
Ok, so that’s not the greatest joke in the world (and, as my wife points out, I’ve never been to B&Q), but it serves as an entirely suitable introduction to the Tenant Cashback scheme, announced by Grant Shapps MP this week. The official announcement is here and the Inside Housing piece is here.
The government takes the view that some of the maintenance works done by social landlords to their housing stock could – and… Read the full post
For those of you interested in selective licensing under Part 3, Housing Act 2004, we bring you news of a possible judicial review case R (Hooper and others) v Hyndburn DC CO/2010/2184, in which Owen J (sitting in the Manchester District Registry) has just granted permission. The case (apparently) focuses on the adequacy or otherwise [...]
Hat tip to Legal Action ‘Recent Developments in Housing Law’ for this one. Watford Community Housing Trust v Personal Representatives of Elizabeth Chalmers, Watford County Court 14 January 2011 This was a possession claim under Ground 9 Schedule 2 Housing Act 1988 – Suitable Alternative Accommodation. The property had been let to William Chalmers in [...]
The long awaited judgment of the nine member panel in the case previously referred to as WL (Congo) and KM (Jamaica) (see case preview) was handed down on 23 March 2011. In short the majority held that a breach of public law which bears on and is rel…
The Ministry of Justice has recently issued a major report and consultation exercise about the procedures in and use of the County Courts. The report describes the system in this way Civil justice is the area of law that deals with everyday problems such as recovering and enforcing unpaid debts, resolving civil disputes across a…
Makisi & Ors v Birmingham City Council  EWCA Civ 355 Does the right to make oral submissions to a review officer on a s.202 Housing Act 1996 review, following a ‘minded to’ letter, mean that the applicant has the right to insist on a meeting? This was the Court of Appeal hearing of three [...]