In this article, Sarah Salmon and Jonathan Manning, barristers at Arden Chambers, present a report about the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Birmingham CC v SS, SA and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 1211, concerning the proper assessment of eligible rent for exempt accommodation when calculating Housing Benefit
Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers represented the local authority in this recent prosecution. Here, he provides a summary of the magistrates’ decision, heading to the High Court on appeal, that each of the commonly-owned flats in a converted house required a licence under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004.
In this article, Rebecca Brady, from Devonshires solicitors, shows an overview of changes made by the Immigration Act 2016, including a new mandatory ‘no right to rent’ ground for possession under the Housing Act 1988.
Tara O'Leary, from Cornerstone Barristers, explains that the Housing and Planning Act 2016 will introduce significant amendments to the rules concerning succession to secure tenancies under the Housing Act 1985. The amendments herald the end not only of ‘tenancies for life’ but also of ‘tenancies for life after life’ over successive generations.
Ranjit Bhose QC and Emma Dring from Cornerstone Barristers acted for the London Borough of Hillingdon in this case. You will find a commentary about the latest Court of Appeal decision on the use of Article 8 ECHR as a defence to possession actions, in Holley v Hillingdon LBC  EWCA Civ 1052.
A salutary lesson: Subhana Anhu, paralegal at Trowers & Hamlins, reports about a recent case in which the County Court set aside a possession order made on grounds of rent arrears, because of the landlord's failure to comply with the Pre-action Protocol.