News relating to: Housing
Residential tenants gain right to make energy efficiency improvements
On 1 April 2016 many residential tenants gained the right to ask for their landlord’s consent to make energy efficiency improvements to their rented home, under Part 2 of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. ...Read more
Supreme Court decides important disrepair appeal
Is your flat affected by a leak from an upstairs flat within your block? Or perhaps there are problems within the communal areas of the block where you live that your landlord is refusing to deal with? The Supreme Court ...Read more
Solicitor granted reprieve from Court after failing to attend directions hearing
The intention of the 2013 Civil Procedure Reforms was to ensure that court litigation was conducted proportionately and efficiently, which meant that Courts were expected to censure the lax culture of non-compliance with Court orders which, it was believed, had ...Read more
Domestic and other violence and homelessness
The Court of Appeal has been looking at the circumstances when an applicant for homelessness assistance can argue that it is not reasonable to continue to occupy their home because of threatened or actual violence from a third party. In ...Read more
Local Authorities and intentionally homeless families – who takes the responsibility?
R (on the application of) AM v London Borough of Havering (1), London Borough of Tower Hamlets (2), London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (Interested Party) This case was given permission by James Goudie QC on 17 October 2014 and ...Read more
The Sojourner Project
The Sojourner Project – Protecting women with no recourse to public funds. Eaves Housing was formed in 1977 as Homeless Action. Its aim was to target the hidden homeless – single women without dependent(s) who are least likely to have ...Read more
Rights to respect from a social landlord?
What are the duties owed to occupants of social housing by landlords under the Human Rights Act 1998 following publication of recent Equality and Human Rights Commission Guidance? A few weeks ago a judge in the European Court of Human ...Read more