Partner in the housing litigation and management team
I provide specialist advice and assistance for housing management issues, policies and procedures adopted by housing organisations. I also conduct and manage Section 11 disrepair compensations claims, statutory nuisance prosecutions, squatter possession proceedings and complex possession claims and regularly advocate in county and magistrate courts.
My experience has been built from advising on, and managing, anti-social behaviour cases, including injunctions, demotions, possessions and ASBOs. My speaking engagements have included The Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group and Housemark.
From my experience I also provide in-house training on a wide-spectrum of housing management issues for clients, including ASB updates and advocacy in possession proceedings amongst other estate management topics.
This article is further to our previous e-briefing (published on 22 July 2020) where we informed you that there are new temporary measures (a new Practice Direction PD55c) that have been brought into deal with possession claims, following the stay being lifted on possession claims on 22 August 2020.
The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 will apply to all new specified tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing tenancies from 1 April 2021.
What does that mean for you as a Registered Provider and/or a local authority landlord?
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.
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 significant Court of Appeal ruling on the Equality Act 2010 and proportionality defences in relation to warrant suspension applications.
Following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy, the Government commissioned an independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
An RP granted a joint assured tenancy to Mr and Mrs M pre-2010. Mr M has recently died, his grandson and partner have approached us asking if they can succeed...
As you will be aware the Form N5B is the claim form used for accelerated possession proceedings following service of a Section 21 notice seeking possession (in respect of an assured shorthold tenancy)
As recent decisions have demonstrated, where a breach of a consumer standard has not been met and there is a consequential finding of serious detriment, the HCA will consider the compliance of the registered provider (“RP”) with the Governance standard.
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