David Renton's new book 'Discrimination in Housing Law' (LAG) out today

Monday 11 March 2024

David Renton of the Garden Court Housing and Employment & Discrimination Law Teams has authored 'Discrimination in Housing Law', published by Legal Action Group (LAG). Order here.

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"A brilliant, timely and essential contribution to our understanding of the theory and practice of discrimination law in housing. Renton renders the complex matrix of different types of discrimination accessible, elucidates the remedies available and illuminates the procedures required to secure them. This is exactly what I need and Discrimination in Housing Law will go straight on my shelf to be consulted on a daily basis."

- Simon Mullings, Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre

Anti-discrimination principles play an increasingly important part in housing law, whether to defend occupiers threatened with possession proceedings or as an additional route to require landlords to fulfil their duties under a tenancy agreement. 

Discrimination in Housing Law is a concise but authoritative guide to the use of equality principles in housing law, together with practical guidance for any practitioner bringing or defending such a claim.

Discrimination in Housing Law provides:

  • guidance on how the main Equality Act 2010 duties arise and how landlords are covered by them
  • coverage of the duties of public bodies to give due regard to the need to advance equality
  • advice as to what can be done in conflicts predating a housing relationship, in ongoing housing relationships and in possession proceedings
  • practical step-by-step guidance on how to bring a discrimination claim
  • an extensive set of precedents with worked examples used at all stages of the court process
  • an explanation of the relevant statutes and leading authorities

Discrimination in Housing Law equips tenants' representatives with all the tools needed to advise and represent their clients. It covers council housing, homes let by housing associations and the private rented sector, as well as homes held under long leases and mortgages.

David Renton (Year of Call: 2008)

David Renton specialises in housing, discrimination and employment law. He acts for vulnerable tenants in disrepair possession hearings, and for employees, principally in cases of ordinary or trade union discrimination.  David acts for tenants and mortgagors in possession hearings, mainly where possession is defended on Equality Act, human rights or public law grounds. David is also regularly instructed in disrepair cases in the county court and magistrates' courts, carrying out work under both legal aid and no-win-no-fee agreements. He also appears in homelessness appeals under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996, in occupation orders, and in related cases involving an overlap of housing and family law.

David represents claimants in all strands of employment discrimination claims in the Tribunal and EAT, including in lengthy, complex and high value cases, and in non-employment discrimination claims in the civil courts. He represents vulnerable tenants in discrimination claims, principally disability discrimination claims, but also claims related to gender, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

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