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London Borough of Lambeth and Hyde Southbank Ltd v O’Kane, Helena Housing Ltd: CA 28 Jul 2005

In each case the authority had obtained an order for possession of the tenanted properties, but the court had suspended the possession orders. The tenants had therefore now become ‘tolerated trespassers’. They now claimed that they had again become secure tenants, having been allowed to continue in possession after breach of the terms of the … Continue reading London Borough of Lambeth and Hyde Southbank Ltd v O’Kane, Helena Housing Ltd: CA 28 Jul 2005

Stonebridge Housing Action Trust v Gabbidon and Another: ChD 21 Nov 2002

The landlord sought possession of a flat on the grounds that there were arrears of rent, and that one of the tenants had used it for the sale of drugs. It now appealed a suspension of the order, saying that the unlawful user meant that suspension should be allowed only in exceptional circumstances. Held: The … Continue reading Stonebridge Housing Action Trust v Gabbidon and Another: ChD 21 Nov 2002

Arie Botzen And Others v Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij Bv: ECJ 7 Feb 1985

ECJ Article 3(1) covered the rights and obligations of the transferor arising from a contract of employment or an employment relationship existing on the date of the transfer and entered into with employees who, in order to carry out their duties, are assigned to the part of the undertaking or business transferredRotterdamsche . . claims … Continue reading Arie Botzen And Others v Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij Bv: ECJ 7 Feb 1985

Kay, Gorman, etc v London Borough of Lambeth, London and Quadrant Housing Trust: CA 20 Jul 2004

The defendant local authority had licenced houses to a housing trust, which in turn granted sub-licences to the claimants who were applicants for housing under homelessness provisions, and who now asserted that they became secure tenants of the authority once the trusts licence was revoked. Held: The properties were short life properties, being scheduled for … Continue reading Kay, Gorman, etc v London Borough of Lambeth, London and Quadrant Housing Trust: CA 20 Jul 2004

Collin v Duke of Westminster: CA 1985

In 1975 the tenant sought to exercise his right to purchase the freehold reversion of his property. The landlord argued that the rent payable precluded any such entitlement. Under the law as then understood, the landlord’s contention appeared correct. The leaseholder proceeded no further. In 1980 the law was clarified so as to indicate that … Continue reading Collin v Duke of Westminster: CA 1985

English Churches Housing Group v Shine: CA 7 Apr 2004

The claimant was a secure tenant of English Churches Housing Group. He was unemployed and lived on benefits. He claimed damages against his landlord for breaches of the repairing covenants implied by section 11. The court considerd the appropriate level of damages. For the breach of landlord’s covenant to repair. Held: The court allowed the … Continue reading English Churches Housing Group v Shine: CA 7 Apr 2004

O’Connor and Others v Old Etonians Housing Association Ltd: CA 20 Feb 2002

The pipes in a block of flats had been changed from 1.5 to 1 inch. This was all right for some 6 years until the water pressure of the supply to the building dropped. The issue was whether there was a breach of the s.11(1) covenant. The landlords appealed saying that the section imposed upon … Continue reading O’Connor and Others v Old Etonians Housing Association Ltd: CA 20 Feb 2002

Smart v Sheffield City Council: Central Sunderland Housing Company Limited v Wilson: CA 25 Jan 2002

Each tenant had become unintentionally homeless, and was granted a non-secure tenancy of accommodation under section 193. Complaints of nuisance were received from neighbours. Possession orders were obtained and now challenged under the Human Rights Act. The service of the original notice to quit, engaged the Human Rights Act, but the action taken was lawful … Continue reading Smart v Sheffield City Council: Central Sunderland Housing Company Limited v Wilson: CA 25 Jan 2002

Bruton v London and Quadrant Housing Trust: HL 24 Jun 1999

The claimant sought to oblige the respondent to repair his flat under the 1988 Act. The respondent replied that the arrangement was a licence only, and not protected under the Act. Held: The housing association had a temporary licence to occupy a house and to re-let it, but under conditions which were more consistent with … Continue reading Bruton v London and Quadrant Housing Trust: HL 24 Jun 1999

Regina v Housing Corporation ex parte Rodgers: Admn 11 May 1999

The claimant challenged a comment in a report of the respondent that his employment by a housing association was in breach of the rules. He cohabited with a partner in the firm of solicitors acting for the association. The relationship had been open, and he had disclosed the relationship when appropriate. The respondent said that … Continue reading Regina v Housing Corporation ex parte Rodgers: Admn 11 May 1999

Wandsworth London Borough Council v Winder: HL 1985

Rent demands were made by a local authority landlord on one of its tenants. The local authority, using its powers under the Act, resolved to increase rents generally. The tenant refused to pay the increased element of the rent. He argued that the resolutions and notices of increase were ultra vires and void, on the … Continue reading Wandsworth London Borough Council v Winder: HL 1985

Cobstone Investments Limited v Maxim: CA 1985

The court considered the meaning of ‘adjoining occupiers’ The tenant suggested that the word ‘ adjoining’ should be read literally so that the premises must be contiguous in the sense of physically joining, or being co-terminous with the holding of the tenant whose conduct was complained of. It was submitted that adjoining did not mean … Continue reading Cobstone Investments Limited v Maxim: CA 1985

Chand v Calmore Area Housing Association Ltd: LT 25 Jul 2008

LT LANDLORD AND TENANT- Service Charges – Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 as amended ss 18 and 19 – Housing Act 1988 ss 13 and 14 – Assured non-shorthold periodic tenancy -whether the landlord’s ability (subject to any reference to a Rent Assessment Committee) to serve a yearly notice of increase of rent (which included … Continue reading Chand v Calmore Area Housing Association Ltd: LT 25 Jul 2008

Westminster Bank Limited v The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Beverley Borough Council: HL 1971

The Bank’s application for planning permission was refused on the grounds that the development might prejudice the possible future widening of a road. The local authority could have prescribed a building line in accordance with a provision of the Highways Act, 1959, but in that event would have had to pay compensation for the injurious … Continue reading Westminster Bank Limited v The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Beverley Borough Council: HL 1971

Ali Bhai and Another v Black Roof Community Housing Association Ltd: CA 2 Nov 2000

The tenant appealed against a refusal of what he said was his right to buy the flat he occupied. The Housing Association respondent and arbitrator had said that the tenancy had been assured, not secure and that therefore no right to buy had existed. After the grant of the tenancy, the Association had changed in … Continue reading Ali Bhai and Another v Black Roof Community Housing Association Ltd: CA 2 Nov 2000

Regina v East Hertfordshire District Council, Ex parte Hunt: 1985

The applicant and her child had been accepted to be in emergency housing need, and had been given temporary bedsit accomodation in a facility they owned and managed. She had a sink, cooker and fridge, and shared bathroom and toilet facilities and a communal sitting room. She had a licence only, and no tenancy. She … Continue reading Regina v East Hertfordshire District Council, Ex parte Hunt: 1985

Pyx Granite Ltd v Ministry of Housing and Local Government: HL 1959

There is a strong presumption that Parliament will not legislate to prevent individuals affected by legal measures promulgated by executive public bodies having a fair opportunity to challenge these measures and to vindicate their rights in court proceedings doing so. Viscount Simonds said: ‘It is a principle not by any means to be whittled down … Continue reading Pyx Granite Ltd v Ministry of Housing and Local Government: HL 1959

London Borough of Lambeth v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Others: SC 3 Jul 2019

The second respondent sought a certificate from the Council determining that the lawful use of its store extended to sales of unlimited categories of goods including food. A certificate to that effect was refused by the Council, but granted by a planning inspector on appeal, and upheld by the lower courts. The Council, as local … Continue reading London Borough of Lambeth v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Others: SC 3 Jul 2019

Pioneer Aggregates (UK) Limited v Secretary of State for the Environment: HL 1985

The House considered the concept of a spent planning consent. Held: This was a mineral operation and every shovelful dug amounted to another act of development. Therefore, although it had been begun, the planning permission was not spent and remained capable of implementation. A planning permission enures for the benefit of the relevant land and … Continue reading Pioneer Aggregates (UK) Limited v Secretary of State for the Environment: HL 1985

Cowling v Worcester Community Housing Ltd: UTLC 14 Sep 2015

UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – Service Charge – jurisdiction of FTT to hear application challenging the reasonableness of a service charge under sections 18, 19 and 27A(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 when that had already been determined by the county court – applicability of section 27A(4)(c) of the Landlord and Tenant Act … Continue reading Cowling v Worcester Community Housing Ltd: UTLC 14 Sep 2015

One Housing Group Leasholders of 29 Flats In Navigation Court: UTLC 16 Jul 2014

UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – service charge – whether estate service charge are a recoverable head of expenditure under Sub-underleases – determination of the extent of liability of the sub-underlessees – true construction of terms of Sub-underleases – whether LVT misdirected itself on the aspect of ‘reasonableness’ pursuant to Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, s. … Continue reading One Housing Group Leasholders of 29 Flats In Navigation Court: UTLC 16 Jul 2014

Regina v Bloomsbury and Marylebone County Court, ex parte Blackburne: CA 1985

A consent order provided for a substantial payment to the tenant, who was claiming damages for failure to maintain the premises in good repair. The landlord now sought possession. Held: There was no implied admission that the landlord was entitled to possession under the section.Sir John Donaldson MR: ‘The question which then arises is whether … Continue reading Regina v Bloomsbury and Marylebone County Court, ex parte Blackburne: CA 1985

Brown and Another v Island Homes Housing Association Ltd: UTLC 13 May 2013

UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – service charges – LVT determined charges reasonable – accountancy evidence disputing charges had been incurred – s.27A Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 – LVT failed to have regard to tenant’s evidence and failed to determine if charges actually incurred before determining reasonableness [2013] UKUT 153 (LC) Bailii Landlord and Tenant … Continue reading Brown and Another v Island Homes Housing Association Ltd: UTLC 13 May 2013

Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association Ltd: HL 28 Oct 1999

Same Sex Paartner to Inherit as Family Member The claimant had lived with the original tenant in a stable and long standing homosexual relationship at the deceased’s flat. After the tenant’s death he sought a statutory tenancy as a spouse of the deceased. The Act had been extended to include as a spouse someone living … Continue reading Fitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association Ltd: HL 28 Oct 1999

Abdulaziz etc v The United Kingdom: ECHR 28 May 1985

Three women, all lawfully settled in the UK, had married third-country nationals but, at first, the Secretary of State had refused permission for their husbands to remain with them, or join them, in the UK. Held: The refusals of permission had not infringed the rights of the women and of their husbands to respect for … Continue reading Abdulaziz etc v The United Kingdom: ECHR 28 May 1985

Knowsley Housing Trust v White; Honeygan-Green v London Borough of Islington; Porter v Shepherds Bush Housing Association: HL 10 Dec 2008

The House considered situations where a secure or assured tenancy had been made subject to a suspended possession order and where despite the tenant failing to comply with the conditions, he had been allowed to continue in occupation. Held: Mrs White remained an assured tenant despite the continued suspended possession order. Mr Porter was entitled … Continue reading Knowsley Housing Trust v White; Honeygan-Green v London Borough of Islington; Porter v Shepherds Bush Housing Association: HL 10 Dec 2008

London Borough of Sutton v Morgan Grenfell and Co Ltd Morgan Grenfell and Co Ltd v Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Sutton London Borough of Sutton v Morgan Grenfell and Co Ltd Wellesley Housing Association Ltd: CA 24 Oct 1996

The Housing Associations Act 1985 empowered a local authority to give guarantees in relation to registered housing associations. A local authority guaranteed a bank loan for an unregistered housing association.
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Garrod v London Borough of Newham: LT 20 Apr 2005

LT COMPENSATION – compulsory purchase – abandoned house in dilapidated condition – untraceable owner – comparable transactions – Housing Act 1985 s.17 and Land Compensation Act 1961 Part 1 – compensation determined at andpound;60,000 Citations: [2005] EWLands ACQ – 96 – 2002 Links: Bailii Statutes: Housing Act 1985 17, Land Compensation Act 1961 Land Updated: … Continue reading Garrod v London Borough of Newham: LT 20 Apr 2005

London Borough of Newham v Hawkins and others: CA 22 Apr 2005

The landlord had obtained a possession order, but the tenant continued in occupation as a tolerated trespasser, claiming entitlement as successors in title. Rent arrears had accrued, but even if the tenant had paid thenm the council would have sought possession. Held: The use of the word ‘rent’ in a letter from Newham was insufficient … Continue reading London Borough of Newham v Hawkins and others: CA 22 Apr 2005

Sheffield City Council v Hopkins: CA 19 Jun 2001

A possession order was granted against a secure tenant by the court for arrears of rent. The tenant then applied to suspend the order, and the landlord opposed that application wishing to put before the court additional allegations. Held: Provided the tenant had been served with satisfactory notice of the matters upon which the landlord … Continue reading Sheffield City Council v Hopkins: CA 19 Jun 2001

London Fire and Civil Defence Authority v Ahktar: CA 14 Feb 2001

The claimant landlord sought possession after long years of non-payment of rent. The secure tenant said that the landlord had entirely failed in its repairing obligations, and that the sums of rent had been expended on those repairs. Judges: Thorpe LJ Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 295 Links: Bailii Statutes: Housing Act 1985 Jurisdiction: England and … Continue reading London Fire and Civil Defence Authority v Ahktar: CA 14 Feb 2001

Akumah v London Borough of Hackney: CA 17 Apr 2002

The council imposed a parking scheme on one of the estates for which it was landlord. A tenant challenged the scheme saying it could only have been imposed by a byelaw, not a resolution. Held: ‘section 7(1) extends the powers of a housing authority beyond those in section 23(1), or at least avoids any unclarity … Continue reading Akumah v London Borough of Hackney: CA 17 Apr 2002

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v Miah: CA 29 Jan 1992

A homeless person given a licence to occupy temporarily a house themselves leased by the Local Authority in order to provide temporary accommodation for the homeless, had not been given a tenancy of that property. The section covered situations where the local authority had less than a full freehold interest. Citations: Gazette 29-Jan-1992 Statutes: Housing … Continue reading Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v Miah: CA 29 Jan 1992

Regina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Castelli; Regina v Same Ex Parte Tristan-Garcia: QBD 11 Oct 1995

An applicant’s immigration status was proper factor in assessing housing need. A Local Authority may look to whether an EC national has right of residence before assessing its own duty to house the applicant. Citations: Gazette 01-Nov-1995, Times 20-Oct-1995, Independent 11-Oct-1995 Statutes: Housing Act 1985 65 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Appealed to – Regina … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Castelli; Regina v Same Ex Parte Tristan-Garcia: QBD 11 Oct 1995

Regina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Obeid: QBD 16 Jul 1996

Loss of a house from ignorance of benefit rules was not deliberate homelessness. Citations: Times 16-Jul-1996, (1996) 29 HLR 389 Statutes: Housing Act 1985 60(3) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – F v Birmingham City Council CA 2-Nov-2006 The applicant sought housing as a homeless person with her children. The authority found her … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Obeid: QBD 16 Jul 1996

Regina v London Borough of Hounslow ex parte R: Admn 19 Feb 1997

The Applicant was 65 years old, with a history of criminal offences including serious sexual assaults on children. On release from prison, he presented himself as homeless. After his imprisonment, he had realised that he would be unable to keep up the rent, and surrendered his tenancy. Held: A deliberate act which in fact lead … Continue reading Regina v London Borough of Hounslow ex parte R: Admn 19 Feb 1997

Bradney, Birmingham City Council v Birmingham City Council, McCann: CA 9 Dec 2003

Birmingham Council had granted H and W a joint secure tenancy of a three-bedroom home. The marriage broke down and W left with the two children. She obtained a non-molestation order and an ouster order against him. H tried to force his way into the home. W applied to the council, and it provided her … Continue reading Bradney, Birmingham City Council v Birmingham City Council, McCann: CA 9 Dec 2003

Swindon Borough Council v Aston: CA 19 Dec 2002

The tenant had fallen into arrears, and a possession order had been made. Having cleared the arrears, the possession order fell, but the landlord purported to issue a new tenancy agreement, with no security of tenure. They now sought possession under the new tenancy agreement. The tenant appealed a finding that he no longer enjoyed … Continue reading Swindon Borough Council v Aston: CA 19 Dec 2002

Regina v Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions ex parte O’Byrne: HL 14 Nov 2002

The applicant sought to exercise her right to buy a property she had occupied of her local authority. It was in the green belt, and the authority declined to sell it until they had obtained authorisation for the sale. The authority appealed an order requiring the sale. Held: The 1985 Act made no reference to … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions ex parte O’Byrne: HL 14 Nov 2002

Dunn v Bradford Metropolitan District Council etc: CA 31 Jul 2002

The applicants were local authority secure tenants. Possession orders had been made, but they sought delay in the order after they had already surrendered possession. Held: Parliament had given wide discretion to the courts to find a balance between the need for local authorities to recover possession where their tenants were in breach, and the … Continue reading Dunn v Bradford Metropolitan District Council etc: CA 31 Jul 2002

Dance v Welwyn Hatfield Distrrict Council: CA 1990

The secure tenants had claimed to exercise their right to buy; the local authority admitted their right and proposed a price which was accepted. The authority offered a partial mortgage which was accepted and by reference to which they had exercised their statutory right to elect deferred completion. The authority then notified them of its … Continue reading Dance v Welwyn Hatfield Distrrict Council: CA 1990

Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, ex parte Avdic: CA 2 Jan 1996

A refugee from Bosnia moved from Kirklees to London, where she applied for accomodation as being homeless. Hammersmith accepted that she was owed a duty, but referred her back to Kirklees in September. Her solicitors then sent in more material which the LHA considered before, in January, refusing her again. The reconsideration of the case … Continue reading Regina v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council, ex parte Avdic: CA 2 Jan 1996

Reynolds v Brent London Borough Council: CA 4 Dec 2001

When a local authority was considering the fitness of a proposed licensee for the purposes of managing a house in multiple occupation, it was not under an obligation first to consider whether conditions proposed by the manager, would adequately meet any objections. The clause which allowed the court to attach conditions was free standing and … Continue reading Reynolds v Brent London Borough Council: CA 4 Dec 2001

London Borough of Lambeth v Vincent and Others: ChD 16 Mar 2000

The buyers agreed to purchase a property at auction, but having failed to complete they were served with a notice to complete. They challenged that notice saying there was an outstanding writ for possession against the property, and that ministerial consent had not been obtained for the sale. It was held that the claim for … Continue reading London Borough of Lambeth v Vincent and Others: ChD 16 Mar 2000

Hanoman v Southwark London Borough Council: ChD 22 Jun 2004

The tenant served his notice under section 122 in 1999. The authority did not admit the claim as required by section 124 within four weeks, but tried ultimately by sending a letter which the tenant never received, to resolve its doubts as to whether the claim was being genuinely made by him rather than by … Continue reading Hanoman v Southwark London Borough Council: ChD 22 Jun 2004

City Council of Bristol v Lovell: HL 26 Feb 1998

A County Court may stay a right to buy application by the tenant, even though terms had been agreed, in order to await the result of court proceedings for possession against the secure misbehaving tenant. A court’s case management powers can be invoked to determine substantive rights. Judges: Lord Goff of Chieveley, Lord Lloyd of … Continue reading City Council of Bristol v Lovell: HL 26 Feb 1998

St Brice and Another v Southwark London Borough Council: CA 17 Jul 2001

The council having obtained a possession order, suspended on terms, through court proceedings, later sought to enforce the order by a warrant for possession issued without first giving notice to the tenant. The tenant alleged that the grant of the warrant was in breach of his right to a fair trial. Held: The hearing at … Continue reading St Brice and Another v Southwark London Borough Council: CA 17 Jul 2001

Marshall v Bradford Metropolitan District Council: CA 27 Apr 2001

There were three issues; (1) whether it was proper for the judge to have struck out disrepair proceedings when it could be seen that an application to discharge or rescind a suspended possession order would be likely to succeed (2) whether the secure tenancy revived automatically once it could be seen that the suspended possession … Continue reading Marshall v Bradford Metropolitan District Council: CA 27 Apr 2001

Crawley Borough Council v Bliss: CA 22 Feb 2000

A local authority refused the applicants application for emergency housing as a homeless person. On the review of that decision the authority concluded that she did have priority need, but then decided that the application should be refused because it found she was intentionally homeless. The decision was a public law decision, but this did … Continue reading Crawley Borough Council v Bliss: CA 22 Feb 2000

London Borough of Havering v Smith: UTLC 21 Aug 2012

LANDLORD AND TENANT – service charges – right to buy c 5 year limitation on service charges – ‘straddling’ these charges – Housing Act 1985, ss 125 and 125A, Sch 6 para 16B – appeal dismissed Citations: [2012] UKUT 295 (LC) Links: Bailii Jurisdiction: England and Wales Landlord and Tenant Updated: 28 May 2022; Ref: … Continue reading London Borough of Havering v Smith: UTLC 21 Aug 2012

Copping v Surrey County Council: QBD 2005

The tenants served notice under s122 in 1991 to purchase their council house. The authority denied their right to buy. Nothing happened until June 2001 when the tenants served a second notice and received the same response. By reference to, and upon the basis of, the second notice the tenants took proceedings in the county … Continue reading Copping v Surrey County Council: QBD 2005

Regina v Braintree District Council ex parte Halls: Admn 2 Jul 1999

Where a local authority had sold a property to a tenant, and the tenant later came back to request the release from one of the covenants given on the sale, the council was free to charge an appropriate sum for that release. It was not a covenant within the deed entitling the council to make … Continue reading Regina v Braintree District Council ex parte Halls: Admn 2 Jul 1999

Regina v Hackney London Borough Council Ex Parte K: CA 12 Nov 1997

A change in housing law is not retrospective so as to allow a local authority to re-assess an asylum seeker as not being in need of emergency housing. Once the decision had been made, it was improper to re-open it and give notice to existing tenants. Citations: Gazette 12-Nov-1997, Times 17-Nov-1997 Statutes: Housing Act 1985 … Continue reading Regina v Hackney London Borough Council Ex Parte K: CA 12 Nov 1997