General Editor: Jan Luba QC
9th December 2015 Update
POLICY ISSUES IN HOUSING LAW
Landlord Possession Claims
Letting to Migrants
Letting Agent Fees
Social Housing Fraud
Homes for Private Renting
Council Housing Commission
Housing Benefit 1
Housing Benefit 2
Private Renting in WalesThe Code of Practice for Landlords and Agents licensed under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (Appointed Date) Order 2015 appointed 23 November 2015 as the date that the new Code of Practice took effect for private landlords and letting agents in Wales. For a copy of the Order, click here For a copy of the Code itself, click here
HOUSING LAWS IN THE PIPELINE
Housing and Planning Bill
Welfare Reform and Work Bill
The Bill has now moved into the House of Lords. For a copy of the Bill as presented in the Lords, click here
Housing (Amendment) Bill
Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
Crown Tenancies Bill
NEW HOUSING CASES
Moorjani v Durban Estates Ltd
Mulvenna and Smith v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd v Ray
Marks and Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd
Engeham v London and Quadrant Housing Ltd
Salix Homes v Kelly Chapman
Fairbairn v Etal Court Maintenance Ltd
Health & Safety Executive v Abdul Manik
West End Investments (Cowell Group) Ltd v Birchlea Ltd
Health & Safety Executive v Gary Redman
Cornwall Council v Justin Hedley Paull
HOUSING LAW CONSULTATIONS
Houses in Multiple Occupation
Private renting in Northern Ireland
NEW HOUSING LAW ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS
All 2,708,611 HA tenants should take up their right to buy Joe Halewood  Welfarerights Blog. 5 December. To read the article, click here
Advertising property rental fees: Explained Avghi Theocharous  Committee of Advertising Practice Blog 11 November. To read the article, click here
Concern over social tenant HB cap Heather Spurr  Inside Housing 26 November. To read the article, click here
English tenants face eviction threat every 90 seconds, charity claims Nadia Khomami  Guardian Money 3 December. To read the article, click here
Housing tenant: I thought I was going to die Anna Collinson  BBC Newsbeat Blog I December. To read the article (and watch the video), click here
Why Sunderland GPs are prescribing boilers instead of pills Dawn Foster  Guardian Housing Network 3 December. To read the article, click here
Living in a rabbit hutch – the future of housing? Dawn Foster  Guardian Housing Network 4 December. To read the article, click here
Lambeth wanted to demolish our homes. We said it was illegal – and we were right Joanne Parkes  Guardian Housing Network 30 November. To read the article, click here
I’m a tenant, a loser by today's standards. But I won't shut up Elizabeth Spring  Guardian Housing Network 1 December. To read the article, click here
University awards students further £300,000 over rat-infested housing Natalie Gil  Guardian Student 30 November. To read the article, click here
Are young people to be locked out of social housing altogether?Ella Wesolowicz  The CRISIS Blog 2 December. To read the article, click here
New anti-social behaviour law used at Weaver Vale Housing Trust Caroline Howarth  24dash.com Blog 2 December. To read the article, click here
The solution to the housing crisis? Julian Boswall and Alex Minhinick  159 Solicitors Journal No.45 pp 33-34 To read the article, click here
The treatment of inherent defects in leases Raymond Cooper  Conveyancer and Property Lawyer pp 504-511Recent Developments in Housing Law Jan Luba QC & Nic Madge  December 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
THE HOUSING LAW DIARY
18 December 2015
5 February 2016
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 work alongside our clients, whether it’s helping them out of a tight corner or assisting them to fulfil their aspirations. We have adapted to suit our clients’ needs including 24-hour telephone helplines and online innovations. 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 at our Altrincham office for a highly motivated law graduate with excellent client care skills and an interest in progressing your skills in Social Housing. The role will involve attending and advising clients in order to take initial instructions and assisting the Solicitor. You will have excellent client care skills, excellent IT skills and want to be part of a demanding challenging firm, where there are career opportunities and room to progress. You will also have a Law degree with at least a 2.1. Having completed the LPC and having experienced working in a Law firm will also be an advantage.
Closing date is 11th January 2016.
Your Housing Group Vacancy for Community Safety Officer
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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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