General Editor: Jan Luba QC
2nd December 2015 Update
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POLICY ISSUES IN HOUSING LAW
UK Government Policy on Finance for Housing (1)
Quality of accommodation for families with children
Accommodation for Homeless Teenagers
Voluntary Right to Buy
Right to Buy in England
Letting Agents in England (1)
Letting Agents in England (2)
Letting Agents in Wales (1)
Letting Agents in Wales (2)
Private Renting in Scotland
HOUSING LAWS IN THE PIPELINE
Housing and Planning Bill
Welfare Reform and Work Bill
Housing (Amendment) Bill
Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
Crown Tenancies Bill
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NEW HOUSING CASES
Hurley v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
Basildon Borough Council v James
Dickinson v UK Acorn Finance Ltd
Bristol City Council v Desmond Francis
Bokrosova v London Borough of Lambeth
Welwyn Hatfield Council v Adeyemi Fasogbon
Boston Borough Council v Dr Kola Akindele and Vanessa Akindele
Southern Pacific Mortgages v Green
Worthing Borough Council v Kaher Zaman
Conwy Council v Mark Thorogood
HOUSING LAW CONSULTATIONS
Houses in Multiple Occupation
Private renting in Northern Ireland
NEW HOUSING LAW ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS
Recent Developments in Housing Law Jan Luba QC & Nic Madge  November issue of Legal Action magazine. Available in print and on-line for Legal Action subscribers. To read the article on-line, click here For back-issues of this series of articles, click here
Spending Review – further clarity on plans to limit rents in the social rented sector to Local Housing Allowance rates Paul Anderson  Homeless Link Blog, 27 November. To read the article, click here
Court call centres fuelling possession delays Paul Shamplina  Property 118 Blog, 27 November. To read the article, click here
‘Pay to stay’ will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear  CIH Blog 30 November. To read the article, click here
Can we afford to lose local authority housing? Dr H White and Professor Loretta Lees Cambridge House Blog, 27 November. To read the article, click here
Osborne slipped social housing's obituary into the autumn statement Dawn Foster  Guardian Housing Network 27 November. To read the article, click here
George Osborne, get your beady eye off the housing benefit budget Dawn Foster  Guardian Housing Network 20 November. To read the article, click here
THE HOUSING LAW DIARY
9 December 2015
10 December 2015
18 December 2015
5 February 2016
Following an internal promotion, an opportunity has arisen to join our busy team dealing with high level anti-social behaviour and gas compliance cases.
This post is within the Cheshire region, and will require extensive travelling between the Warrington, Chester and Crewe areas. You will take on high level cases of anti social behaviour, and ensure appropriate remedies are taken to minimise the effects of anti-social behaviour. This will include legal remedies, and you will be expected to prepare the paperwork required for enforcement cases. You will also deal with cases of non access for gas servicing, ensuring cases are passed for legal remedies in a timely manner.
As part of the Cheshire team, you will also liaise with Housing Officers to ensure appropriate advice and action is taken for low level cases.
This role is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
If you believe you have the skills, experience and knowledge to perform effectively in this role we would like to hear from you. Please visit our website at:
When completing your application please use the “Experience” Section to detail how your experience demonstrates the requirements of the role. Please note we do not accept CVs for this role. Please quote reference 1335 on all correspondence.
Your Housing Group values diversity and encourages applications from all communities. Your Housing Group operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for tenants or anyone who resides in a Your Housing Group property. It also operates the scheme for any applicants who declare they have a disability. These applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview. Some roles may be subject to probity checks which will override the scheme where a potential conflict of interest or a probity matter has been identified.
Solicitor Vacancy with Stephensons Solicitors LLP
Stephensons is an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 470 staff based
in ten offices across the country.
We are a
national, full-service firm, providing legal services to individuals,
businesses and government organisations. We apply our expertise in publicly
funded work to all areas of the firm, which translates to efficiencies for
each of our clients. We’re proud of our firm, improving access to justice
wherever possible. We’re sustainable, ethical and socially responsible.
We have an
opportunity in our Social Housing team based at our
16th December 2015
SOUTH WEST LONDON LAW CENTRES
Vacancy for Housing Caseworker / Solicitor
South West London Law Centres (SWLLC), one of the largest and most
progressive Law Centres in the country, is seeking a Housing
Solicitor/Caseworker to be based in our Wandsworth Branch with some outreach
in our other offices.
There is considerable demand for housing work. There are currently 10
solicitors in the housing team and one trainee. We run a wide range of
housing cases covered by Legal Aid including a significant amount of
representation work as part of the housing court duty schemes. We are
considering looking further at a range of fixed fees and conditional fee
agreements for areas that have now gone out of scope of Legal Aid. We are
also interested in candidates that can combine their housing experience with
any of community care, public law or welfare rights.
Up to £33,510 p.a.
according to experience (NJC Scale 35)
Housing Law Paralegal Vacancy
Sternberg Reed is a well established
Lexcel Accredited law firm with offices in Essex and
A vacancy has arisen for a Paralegal to
join our Housing Law Department to support and assist the fee earners in the
preparation and conduct of cases. The role will include undertaking
This position will be based in our Barking
office but the successful candidate may be expected to work from any of our
other offices as and when required
The job would offer excellent experience
of working in a busy legal practice to a Paralegal or Law Graduate who has
passed the LPC and has a keen interest in making a career in this area of
The successful candidate will have the
Please apply to:
email@example.com with your CV and a covering letter
stating why you are interested in this role and how your experience and
skills match the requirements for this role.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer
Edwards Duthie is a large, well respected firm with a number of offices in
East London and
Our Community Law Team has expertise in all areas of social welfare law,
including housing & debt, welfare benefits, community care and mental
health. The team has a
particularly strong reputation for housing law The team holds Housing
Possession Court Duty Scheme contracts with the Legal Aid Agency at Bow,
Edmonton and Romford County Courts.
We now wish to recruit experienced
housing caseworkers or solicitors to join our Community Law Team.
Successful applicants will have a sound knowledge of housing law and
litigation and ideally will have experience of acting as a duty advisor
under the LAA’s Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes.
We have dedicated Human Resources, IT and Facilities Teams to develop and
support all of our legal teams.
Salary according to experience.
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