We summarise the outcome of the High Court case ruling against Kingston-upon-Thames RBC and which landlords may need to take action and when, regarding compensation for overcharging water bills.
Our experienced team of housing litigation solicitors can provide advice and support on all housing litigation services, including anti-social behaviour advice, gas safety litigation, possession proceedings, advice and disrepair litigation.
Our team of housing litigation solicitors have extensive experience and knowledge of working with housing associations, charities, local authorities and arms-length management organisations.
We advise landlords throughout England and Wales on anti-social behaviour injunctions and possession claims, from initial advice on whether they have a case, to supporting landlords to draft witness statements, through to representation in court through to trial. We understand that anti-social behaviour disputes need to be resolved quickly and efficiently and work in partnership to deliver that. We are experienced in dealing with the mandatory grounds, Equality Act and Human Right Act defences as well as complex mental health or hoarding cases.
We also support landlords in defending disrepair claims and developing strategies to safeguard themselves against future claims through review of policies and training. We also assist in responding to Homes and Communities Agency investigations into potential areas of risk of serious detriment arising.
We support landlords where they are unable to gain access to undertake annual gas safety check or other necessary works from sending warning letters to applying for access injunctions against tenants and leaseholders.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, we understand that the process of evicting tenants can be complicated and can involve complex situations. We can provide advice and support on all aspects of possession proceedings, including:
- Illegal subletting.
- Tenancy fraud.
- Right to buy fraud.
- Removal of occupiers after the tenant has died.
- All other available grounds
Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) came into force on 6 April.
Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.
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Our response to the Government’s consultation “A New Deal for Renting” has now been submitted following the consultation closing on 12 October.
Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
In the third part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by instructing changes under construction contracts.
Following the announcement in April 2019 that the Government was going to consult on abolishing the use of Section 21 notices, the promised consultation has now been issued.
The amount landlords will have to pay occupants entitled to home loss payments is increasing from 1 October 2019.
Our Data Protection and Information Law team found that the status of housing associations concerning the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) has been a hot topic with clients in recent weeks.
In a decision of the High Court, Mr Justice Spencer ruled that the “Right to Rent” scheme was discriminatory and violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received royal assent in December 2018 and comes into effect on 20 March 2019. This amends the "fitness obligations" in the Landlord and Tenant Act.
A Specialist Housing Court was first proposed a year ago, and the MHCLG has now issued a “Call for Evidence”.
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