Government and legislation
Housing Act 2004: the most important provisions of the Act - dealing with the new hazards standard, houses in multiple occupation, empty property management and selective licensing all come into force this Thursday. For more information Click Here
Warfield Park Homes Ltd v Warfield Park Residents Association  27 March, CA  EWCA Civ 283. This was a complex dispute between the owners of a mobile home park and the residents' representatives over a proposed increase in the pitch fees. The Court of Appeal judgment considers the impact of price controls on gas, water and electricity re-sale and on the reasonableness of the proposed pitch fee.
Basildon DC v Wahlen  28 March, CA  EWCA Civ 326. Mr W succeeded to a secure tenancy of a three-bedroomed house. The council sought possession for under-occupation and offered re-housing: HA 1985 Sch 2 Ground 16. Mr W exercised the right to buy and sought to compel performance of that right: HA 1985 s138. The Court of Appeal set out guidance for determining the order in which the claims should be heard, if not heard together.
Notting Hill Housing Trust v Roomus  29 March, CA  All ER (D) 432 (Mar). Claim for possession against a periodic assured shorthold tenancy defended on grounds that the HA 1988 s21 notice was invalid. The notice required possession "at the end of the period" of tenancy expiring 2 months after the notice. The Court of Appeal held that this meant "after the end of" that period and therefore complied with s21.
Islington LBC v Uckac  30 March, CA  EWCA Civ 340. Secure tenancy granted to Mr U following a homelessness application. Assigned by him to Mrs U. Council claimed that the tenancy was obtained by misrepresentation and sought possession. Claim dismissed because: (1) Ground 5 Sch 2 HA 1985 is not available in relation to possession claimed against the assignee of a tenancy; and (2) rescission for misrepresentation is not available because HA 1985 contains a complete code regulating when a secure tenant's landlord can end the secure tenancy. Appeal dismissed.
Martin v Medina HA  31 March, CA  EWCA Civ 367. Secure tenant exercised right to buy and that right was admitted but no further action taken to complete sale. Claim by tenant for injunction 15 years later to compel completion of transfer under HA 1985 s138 dismissed. Court of Appeal dismissed tenant's appeal
· Holbrook & O'Toole Possession Orders  150 Sol Jo 323
· Wragg An anti-social burden  156 New Law Jo 441
Free housing law seminars
10 May 2006 Tolerated Trespassers and Restoring Tenancies
24 May 2006 Housing Allocations
5 July 2006 Recent developments in disrepair
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Other notable dates:
19 April Defending ASBO applications For more info on LAG training: Click Here
16 May Housing Law: The UpdateFore more info on CIH training: : Click Here
25 May Housing Allocations & HomelessnessFor more info on Jordans : Click Here