The Private Members Bill Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill now has Government support and was debated on Friday 19 January 2018. We set out below the Bill’s aims and potentially significant implications for all private sector and social landlords.
In this article, Nicholas Grundy QC and Laura Williamson of Five Paper explain the recent determination of a possession claim, which began straightforwardly as a so-called 'only or principal home' case in the County Court and ended with a Court of Appeal judgment on issues as wide-ranging as agency, concurrent tenancies and Article 8 ECHR.
Sarah Salmon, barrister at Field Court Chambers, looks at the decision in Harris v Hounslow LBC  EWCA Civ 1476 where the Court of Appeal dismissed the tenant’s appeal against a possession order made on mandatory grounds under the Housing Act 1985.
Alice Richardson, Barrister at Arden Chambers, London & Trinity Chambers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne considers the decision R (U and U, by their mother as litigation friend, BU) v Milton Keynes Council  EWHC 3050.
Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers explains the Court of Appeal judgment in Ahern v Southern Housing Group Ltd  EWCA Civ 1934 which was an appeal against a possession order made in accelerated possession proceedings issued four years previously.
Andy Lane of Cornerstone Barristers, considers the Office of National Statistics announcement that private registered providers (PRPs) were being reclassified as private rather than public, non-financial corporations.