The House was asked whether a rating authority could refuse to repay rates which had been paid by mistake. Held: ‘Parliament must have intended the rating authorities to act in the same high principled way expected by the court of its own officers and not to retain rates paid under a mistake of law . … Continue reading Regina v Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, ex parte Chetnik Developments Limited: HL 1988
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homelessness provisions, and who now asserted that they became secure tenants of the authority once the trusts licence was revoked.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
EAT Unfair Dismissal – CompensationIn each case, The employee sought additional damages for non-economic loss after an unfair dismissal. Held: The Act could be compared with the Discrimination Acts which explicitly awarded damages for hurt feelings. Clear authority lay against such awards in unfair dismissal cases. An Employment Tribunal considering a claim for damages for … Continue reading Dunnachie v Kingston Upon Hull City Council; Williams v Southampton Institute; Dawson v Stonham Housing Association: EAT 8 Apr 2003
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
The respondent appealed against an order for possession made on the grounds that he had been convicted of breach of an order under the 1997 Act in harassing his daughter who lived nearby the premises. The tenant argued that the agreement had incorporated a version of the Housing Act before its amendment to allow possession … Continue reading North British Housing Association Ltd v Sheridan: CA 29 Jul 1999
Prisoners are a section of the public for the purposes of the 1976 Act. The Court increased an award for injury to feelings awarded for race discrimination by prison officers from pounds 50 to pounds 500. The court considered the appropriate level of damages to be awarded in race discrimination cases: ‘damages for this relatively … Continue reading Alexander v Home Office: CA 1988
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
Europa An action by the Commission pursuant to Article 169 of the Treaty against a Member State for failure to fulfil its obligations, the bringing of which is a matter for the Commission in its entire discretion, is objective in nature. In the context of the balance of powers between the institutions laid down in … Continue reading Commission v United Kingdom: ECJ 21 Jun 1988
The defendant resisted accelerated possession proceedings brought for rent arrears under his assured shorthold tenancy, by a private housing association who was a successor to a public authority. Held: Once the human rights issue was raised, the judge had an obligation to deal with it. He did not have an obligation to examine housing policy … Continue reading Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association Ltd v Donoghue: CA 27 Apr 2001
Housing association which was registered under Act is an investment company and is to carry a profit charge. Citations: Times 01-Jan-1997 Statutes: Industrial and Provident Act 1965, Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 130 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Corporation Tax Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.79477
Citations: (1988) 20 HLR 205 Cited by: Cited – Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest SC 20-May-2015 ‘The question in this case is whether the appellant falls within the scope of section 193 of the Housing Act 1996 as amended, which applies, by virtue of subsection (1), where the local housing authority are satisfied … Continue reading Regina v Hillingdon London Borough Council, Ex parte Tinn: 1988
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
The applicant for housing was said to have suffered ‘a major and irreversible handicap’ as a result of a childhood injury but who also was in the habit of drinking six or seven pints of beer a day. Held: The court accepted the submission ‘that the effect of that gloss upon the section is in … Continue reading ex parte Carroll: 1988
The Rent Act 1977 had provided that a tenancy was not to be taken to be a protected tenancy of a dwelling house: ‘bona fide let at a rent which includes payments in respect of board or attendance’ Held: Where a landlord provided a continental beakfast to each of his tenants to be eaten in … Continue reading Otter v Norman: HL 1988
The tenant was guilty of nuisance, but her misbehaviour was attributable to her psychotic state – her ‘disability’ within the 1995 Act. Held: Though a very pertinent factor to be taken into account may be a housing authority’s obligations to other tenants on a housing estate and the interests of those other tenants, though the … Continue reading North Devon Homes Housing Association v Brazier: QBD 2003
The court considered to what extent it could look to the form of an Act before it was amended in order to assist it in construing the Act as amended: ‘The original section 21(a) of the [Coroners (Amendment) Act] 1926 is no longer law, since it has been replaced by Section 23(3) of the Births … Continue reading Regina v Greater Manchester Council ex parte Worch: 1988
The Court considered the following question: ‘What is the correct interpretation of the term ‘person acting in an official capacity’ in section 134(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988; in particular does it include someone who acts otherwise than in a private and individual capacity for or on behalf of an organisation or body which … Continue reading TRA, Regina v (Redacted Judgment): SC 13 Nov 2019
The court was concerned with the implied statutory obligations of repair on the landlord: ‘It is common ground that the door and frame of the flat were part of the structure and exterior of the flat within the meaning of the implied statutory covenant. It is also common ground that the effect of this implied … Continue reading Morris v Liverpool City Council: CA 1988
A Landlord’s liability to carry out a repair to the tenanted property under the 1985 Act does not arise unless the tenant puts the landlord on notice of the disrepair. The tenant in such cases is under a duty to mitigate his losses. Citations: (1988) 20 HLR 393 Statutes: Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 11 … Continue reading Minchburn v Peck: 1988
The claimant was a statutory tenant occupying a flat at a registered fair rent of andpound;8 per week. He withheld the rent and was sued for possession. He counterclaimed for damages for breach of the implied covenant on the part of the landlord to repair. The judge awarded damages under three heads including for inconvenience … Continue reading C Chiodi v De Marney: CA 1988
In considering whether a secure tenancy was lost by the tenant abandoning his residence there, the court set out the applicable principles. Where absence is more prolonged than is to be explained by holiday or ordinary business reasons and is unintermittent, the onus lies on the absent person to establish an intention to return. An … Continue reading Brickfield Ltd v Hughes: CA 1988
The authority resisted an application by the tenant to buy the property let as a council dwelling saying that the tenant was using it for mixed residential and business purposes. The tenant said that the business use had finished, and that the tenancy had become secure. Held: The court noted the change in definitions of … Continue reading Webb and Barrett v London Borough of Barnet: CA 1988
The respondent had been employed with the provision of tied accomodation. He had been dismissed. The employer sought possession of the premises. The employees was claiming unfair dismissal and wanted to be re-instated. Held: Possession was to be granted. If the emploer had made a settled decision that the employee would not be taken back … Continue reading Whitbread West Pennines Ltd v Reedy: CA 1988
H had mortgaged the matrimonial home to release funds to support his lifestyle. The bank knew about the family circumstances and the mortgage was set aside at first instance. W applied to have the charge set aside. Held: The application failed. The charge had been executed long before W had commenced her claims. The Court … Continue reading Kemmis v Kemmis (Welland and Others Intervening): CA 1988
The court was asked what the effect of the conduct of one member of a family might be on the classification of other members as being voluntarily homeless: ‘the fact that the Act requires consideration of the family unit as a whole indicates that it would be perfectly proper in the ordinary case for the … Continue reading Regina v North Devon District Council ex parte Lewis: 1988
Citations: (1988) 20 HLR 430 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Loveridge and Loveridge v Healey CA 20-Feb-2004 The landowner sought to recover possession of land occupied under an agreement by a mobile home owner. Held: It was necessary for the land owner to show that he had complied with the requirements under … Continue reading Regina v Newcastle upon Tyne County Court, ex parte Thompson: 1988
The defendant operated an amusement arcade which provided video amusement games. The authority required a licence saying that it was an ‘exhibition of a moving image’. The Association appealed. Held: A video amusement game was not within the Act. On its true construction, the Act referred to a show and not an amusement game.Lord Griffiths … Continue reading British Amusement Catering Trades Association v Westminster City Council: HL 1988
Claim for possession of assure weekly tenancy – T said to have misled HA as to who was her carer.  EWCA Civ 735,  HLR 39 Bailii Housing Act 1988 England and Wales Housing Updated: 03 January 2022; Ref: scu.441435
UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – rent determination – application for determination of rent under s.14, Housing Act 1988 – discrepancy between decision notice and reasons – whether remediable by correction certificate under rule 50, Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013 – reliance by First-tier Tribunal on evidence of comparable property not disclosed to … Continue reading Irwell Valley Housing Association v O’Grady: UTLC 25 Jun 2015
In Antoniades, the two tenants occupied an attic, living together. Each had at the same time signed identical agreements purporting to create licences. The landlord had reserved to himself the right to occupy the property and to allow others to occupy it so as to create no more than a licence. Held: Behaviour by the … Continue reading A G Securities v Vaughan; Antoniades v Villiers and Bridger: HL 10 Nov 1988
The scale of the dampness which had to be endured by a tenant led to constant colds and minor ailments being suffered by the plaintiff and her children who had to live in those unhealthy conditions. Held: The legislature had ‘conspicuously refrained’ from updating the statutory rent limit and it was therefore not for the … Continue reading McNerny v London Borough of Lambeth: CA 1988
The tenant had been ordered to leave her flat. She had kept a dog in breach of her tenancy agreement. The landlord had terminated the assured shorthold tenancy by a section 21 notice. She said that they had failed to make reasonable adjustments to allow for her disability, and that the dog was critical to … Continue reading Thomas-Ashley v Drum Housing Association Ltd: CA 17 Mar 2010
The Trust appealed against refusal of an order for possession against its periodic assured tenant. The grounds were 14 (nuisance or annoyance), and 14A (domestic violence). The judge had found that the violence complained of occurred only after the tenant had moved out of the property and ceased before his return. The judge found no … Continue reading Metropolitan Housing Trust v Hadjazi: CA 1 Jul 2010
The claimant appealed against refusal of a summary order for possession of the defendant tenant’s house for arrears of rent. The arrears arose through delay in payment of Housing Benefit, and all arrears had been cleared by the hearing of the appeal. The claimant said that as a fully mutual housing co-operative, it was not … Continue reading Mexfield Housing Co-Operative Ltd v Berrisford: ChD 5 Oct 2009
The landlord and the ‘tenant’ specifically agreed that the tenancy should be granted to a limited company formed by the tenant, which it was legitimate for them to do so as to avoid the Rent Acts, and the tenant had taken legal advice. Held: In these circumstances the individual who had formed the company could … Continue reading Hilton v Plustitle Ltd: CA 1988
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
The validity of certain United Kingdom legislation was challenged on the basis that it contravened provisions of the EEC Treaty by depriving the applicants of their Community rights to fish in European waters, and an interlocutory injunction was sought against the Secretary of State to restrain enforcement of that law pending a reference. The House … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Transport, ex parte Factortame (No 2): HL 11 Oct 1990
The respondent was a mutual housing co-operative, and the claimant its tenant. The tenant kept a dog in the premises without the consent of the other tenants in breach of the terms of the lease. A notice to quit was served on him. His tenancy was . .
Various leases of properties had been granted. Legal and General occupied the property under an arrangement under which they paid no rent. The landlord sought possession, saying that the agreements were licences not tenancies because of the absence . .
The court was asked as to the nature and effect of tenancies for life granted by fully mutual housing co-operatives and in particular how they can lawfully be brought to an end and a possession order obtained. The tenants sought a declaration of . .
The tenant had a partner whom she could not control, and who had terrorised her to the nuisance also of her neighbours. The landlord sought possession, and until that was granted an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) against the partner. Before the . .
(Romford County Court) ‘A judge who adjourns the hearing of a ground 8 possession claim solely in order to allow a defendant an opportunity to defeat that claim, whether by extracting payment from the housing benefit authority or from any other . .
The local authority landlord commenced proceedings for possession, but then transferred the properties to a registered social landlord. The tenants objected that the new landlords could not continue the proceedings.
Held: The transfer moved . .
The tenant appealed an order for possession. He had been convicted of making indecent images of children. The defendant had moved his tenancy from the property in which the offences had been convicted to a neighbouring property. The landlord said . .
A person with no sufficient title to land cannot create a tenancy of the land which would be binding by an estoppel if that tenancy would exclude his own possible claim for possession. . .
The tenant had created a sub tenancy, the result of which was that he no longer had any right to enter upon the property unless the sub-tenant surrendered his lease.
Held: The tenant could not be said properly to be in occupation of the . .
The tenant had been joint tenant with his wife of a house. On the breakdown of the marriage, she left and gave notice to quit to the council. The council sought and obtained an order for possession, against which the husband now sought leave to . .
The deceased tenant and the appellant had lived together in a violent alcoholic homosexual relationship. The appellant had claimed to have succeeded to the tenancy on his partner’s death. The authority said the relationship had been at an end, and . .
The tenant appealed against an order granting possession. The tenancy, being held of a mutual housing co-operative did not have security but was in a form restricting the landlord’s right to recover possession, and the tenant resisted saying that it . .
In each case the tenants requested adjournment of the possession proceedings brought against them by the landlord for arrears of rent to allow them time to bring the arrears below the level at which a possession order could be made. In each case it . .
The tenant was an assured tenant. She fell into arrears of rent and a possession order was made, but suspended on terms. The court considered whether she continued to be an assured tenant, and could assert a right to buy the property as an assured . .
The landlord had served a notice to quit on his tenant. The notice specified that possession would be required ‘at the end of your period of your tenancy’ It was objected that the notice was ineffective.
Held: The notice must be interpreted to . .
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The issue on this appeal is whether a notice served by the Respondent Landlords on the Appellant under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 was invalid because no energy performance certificate had been served by the Landlords on the Tenant prior to . .
The Court considered the scope of the licensing requirement and the consequences of failing to comply with it. Must a landlord be licensed to serve a notice under section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 (‘the 1988 Act’)? If he must, is a notice served by . .
B occupied a room in a hotel. He sought an injunction to prevent his eviction, arguing first that he was a tenant protected by the Housing Act 1988 and second that he was protected under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. His application was . .
The tenant disputed the effect of a notice to quit. Paragraph 3 of the form read: ‘The landlord intends to seek possession on grounds . . in Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988, which reads: Give the full text of each ground which is being relied on. . .
General and aggravated damages at common law are to be set off, against damages awarded under Housing Act 1988 s2. The general damages were attributable to the loss of the right to occupy the premises, and therefore the common law damages award . .
The Court’s discretion to grant a landlord possession is not limited to exceptional cases. Under Ground 1 in Schedule 2 Housing Act 1988 the landlord was entitled to recover possession from an assured tenant if he ‘requires the dwelling house as . .
The court was asked: ‘Does section 13(1)(a) of the Housing Act 1988 have the effect of enabling a landlord to seek to increase the rent payable under a statutory periodic tenancy beyond the levels contemplated in a rent review clause in the assured . .
(Cardiff County court) The court was asked whether a landlord who is not a licenced landlord under Welsh housing law can serve and rely upon a notice (the section 21 notice) under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (the 1988 Act) and so to claim . .
The Court was asked whether a tenancy of a bungalow was a shorthold tenancy. It provided for an initial one year, and therefater from month to month. The tenant argued that it was not a tenancy for a fixed term. Held: The tenant’s appeal failed. ‘ it is clear that this tenancy is not a … Continue reading Goodman v Evely and Another: CA 23 Jan 2001
The landlord appealed a finding of the county court that a notice of assured shorthold tenancy needed to be served on the tenant personally. Here the notice had been served on the proposed tenant’s solicitors. Held: Though Galinski applied to a different procedure the analogy was appropriate. Service on the tenant’s solicitors was adequate. Proceedings … Continue reading Yenula Properties Ltd v Naidu: ChD 18 Jul 2002
The court was asked: ‘whether a notice that the respondents, who own the relevant premises, served on the appellants, who are assured shorthold tenants, satisfied the requirements of section 21(1)(b) of the 1988 Act. The respondents maintain that it did. The appellants dispute that on the basis that the respondents were not at the date … Continue reading Barrow and Amey v Kazim and Others: CA 31 Oct 2018
Transitional provisions protecting former Rent Act tenants. Judges: Lord Justice Auld Lord Justice Rix Citations:  EWCA Civ 1008 Statutes: Housing Act 1988 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Housing Updated: 11 June 2022; Ref: scu.236179
Whether assured tenant or assured shorthold tenant. The tenant appealed against an order for possession. The tenant’s mother had been a statutory tenant under the 1997 Act. The tenant said that she had succeeded to that tenancy as an assured tenant, having been living with her mother at the date of her death and for … Continue reading Clore v Macnicol: CA 13 Jul 2004
The court faced the question of, whether if a landlord serves a notice on an assured tenant under section 13(2) of the Act proposing an increase in rent, that will be the rent unless, before the beginning of the new period specified in the notice the tenant refers the notice to a rent assessment committee … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Lester v The London Rent Assessment Committee: CA 12 Mar 2003
The applicant had defended an action for possession for arrears of rent, and counterclaimed for damages for failure to repair. A compromise was put to the court, and the court took that as consent and made a possession order. The tenant appealed. Held: The court had not had jurisdiction to make the possession order and … Continue reading Gil v Baygreen Properties Ltd: CA 5 Jul 2002
Mummery LJ said: ‘In my judgment, the principal submissions are based on a misreading of the statutory provisions. There is nothing in the provisions establishing or supporting a statutory principle of ‘once an assured tenancy, always an assured tenancy’. The provisions of Schedule 10 relied upon do not set a ceiling of andpound;25,000 on the … Continue reading Regina (on the Application of Morris) v The London Rent Assessment Committee and Another: CA 7 Mar 2002
Parties appealed decisions as whether assured shorthold tenancy notices were valid despite errors. Held: If, notwithstanding errors or omissions, the substance of the notice was sufficiently clear to the reasonable person reading it, then the notice was likely to serve the purpose, and it could be valid. There was not a two stage test of … Continue reading Ravenseft Properties Ltd v Hall; White v Chubb; similar: CA 19 Dec 2001
The tenant complained both that her tenancy was a periodic assured tenancy acquired on succession, and that the termination notice given to her was invalid. LSP had granted an assured shorthold tenancy to C, and J was her statutory successor. The notice to terminate gave no date on which the tenancy was to end, but … Continue reading Lower Street Properties Ltd v Jones: CA 1986
Citations:  EWHC 2454 (QB) Links: Bailii Statutes: Housing Act 1988 21(1B) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Housing, Landlord and Tenant Updated: 29 May 2022; Ref: scu.625533
LANDLORD AND TENANT – rent determination – assured periodic tenancy – valuation – assessment of comparables – determination of rent under section 14 Housing Act 1988 – appeal allowed in part Citations:  UKUT 282 (LC) Links: Bailii Statutes: Housing Act 1988 14 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Landlord and Tenant Updated: 26 May 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Chehab v Cadogan Estates Ltd: UTLC 12 Sep 2018
UTLC LEASEHOLD ENFRANCHISEMENT – house – price – condition – improvements – risk of tenant claiming Assured Tenancy- statutory assumptions – appeal allowed in part – Price determined at andpound;152,788 – Leasehold Reform Act 1967 section 9(1), Housing Act 1988 section 14(2)(b) and Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Pt 1 Judges: P R Francis FRICS … Continue reading Sillvote Ltd v Liverpool City Council: UTLC 14 Jun 2010
The tenant sought to request the Committee to fix his rent. He sent the application, but it was not received before it came into effect. He appealed a rejection of his claim as out of time. Held: The regulation required the rent to be referred to the committee before the new rent came into effect. … Continue reading Regina (Lester) v London Rent Assessment Committee: QBD 7 Nov 2002
If the proper rent is higher than the statutory maximum, then the rent should be so set and the assured tenancy status lost. The Committee was not prohibited from assessing the rent of the assured tenancy arising on termination of the long tenancy in excess of andpound;25,000. Judges: Kay J Citations: Times 10-Jul-1997,  EWHC … Continue reading Regina v London Rent Assessment Panel, Ex Parte Cadogan Estates Ltd: Admn 4 Jun 1997
A tenant held a protected tenancy of one room in a house, but later extended his occupation to the entire floor. Held: He did not thereby lose his status as protected tenant, and it did not operate as a surrender of the existing tenancy. The section protected the continuing tenancy because it referred to a … Continue reading Rajah v Arogol Co Ltd: CA 13 Apr 2001
The tenant sought to assert that he occupied a houseboat, the Dinty Moore, under a tenancy of a dwellinghouse under the 1988 Act. The claimant appealed a decision that it was. Held: A house-boat, even though used as a dwelling, did not have the character of a house sufficiently to allow an assured tenancy of … Continue reading Chelsea Yacht and Boat Club Ltd v Pope: CA 6 Apr 2000
In a case of unlawful eviction, the only valuation evidence was that produced by the tenant and such evidence was not challenged by the landlord. The grounds of appeal included the contentions that the award of damages was excessive and bore no relation to the loss suffered by the tenant. Held: ‘I accept that the … Continue reading Tagro v Cafanec: CA 1991
The presence of cooking facilities is an essential element in deciding whether premises could constitute a dwelling. Accordingly, a room in a hotel without such facilities could not be subject to an assured tenancy. A room with cooking facilities and access to a bathroom could be a dwelling, but the sharing of cooking facilities denied … Continue reading Uratemp Ventures Ltd v Collins, Same v Carell: CA 10 Dec 1999
A notice to increase rent could properly be served on a tenant even though he lacked mental capacity. Service of a notice must retain its natural meaning. A notice could properly be given where the landlord was named, and his address given ‘c/o the agent’ provided that address gave sufficient opportunity to contact the landlord. … Continue reading Tadema Holdings Ltd v Ferguson: CA 25 Nov 1999
The time limit on the recovery of possession of property subject to a tenancy to within one year of the landlord becoming aware of the death of the tenant required proceedings to have been issued within the year. The service of the notice requiring possession did not satisfy the requirement which was strictly for proceedings. … Continue reading Shepping and another v Osada: CA 23 Mar 2000
The court considered the dangers of a double award of damages for a landlord’s breach of his covenant for quiet enjoyment. Citations:  26 HLR 486 Statutes: Housing Act 1988 27(5) Cited by: Cited – Abbott v Bayley CA 20-Jan-1999 Appeal against award of damages for breach by landlord of covenant for quiet enjoyment and … Continue reading Sampson v Wilson: 1994
A landlord gave notice to quit to a tenant subject to an assured shorthold tenancy. Held: The notice did not include the instructions and advice required by the Regulations, and so could not be said to be substantially in the same form. The notice was accordingly invalid. It had been quite wrong of the judge … Continue reading Manel and Others v Memon: CA 20 Apr 2000
Citations: (1996) 29 HLR 202 Statutes: Housing Act 1988 34(1)(b) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Truro Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd v Foley CA 22-Oct-2008 The tenant appealed against a decision that a deed he had entered into with the claimant did not operate to give him the status of a protected … Continue reading Bolnore Properties Ltd v Cobb: 1996
The court was asked whether an agreement was an assured shorthold tenancy agreement with the 1988 Act. The agreement incorrectly stated a date which would have terminated the secure tenancy after five not six months. There was also disagreement about whether a garage was included in the let. The landlord having died, his personal representative … Continue reading Mundy v Hook: CA 18 Jul 1997
Four asylum seekers had been deprived of benefits, and left destitute. They had sought housing assistance from the authority, claiming that the complete absence of resources left to them was an ‘other special reason’ leaving them vulnerable within s59. Held: Such destitution was capable of being a reason within the Act, and the appeal against … Continue reading Regina v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Ex Parte Kihara; Similar: CA 25 Jun 1996
A landlord’s estate management agent was not jointly liable with the Landlord for damages for acts of harassment of the tenant committed by the landlord. Citations: Times 19-Apr-1995 Statutes: Housing Act 1988 27 28 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Abbott v Bayley CA 20-Jan-1999 Appeal against award of damages for breach by … Continue reading Sampson and Others v Wilson and Others: CA 19 Apr 1995
The failure of the applicant to make proper preparations for a house move is a proper consideration when assessing intentional homelessness. Judges: Lightman J Citations: Times 20-Nov-1997 Statutes: Housing Act 1988 60(3) Cited by: Cited – F v Birmingham City Council CA 2-Nov-2006 The applicant sought housing as a homeless person with her children. The … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council ex parte N’Dormadingar: QBD 14 Oct 1997
UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – RENT DETERMINATION – assured periodic tenancy – whether agreement provided for contractual rent review and so precluded reference of proposed new rent to tribunal – whether mere statement of tenants’ rights – ss 13-14, Housing Act 1988 – appeal dismissed  UKUT 405 (LC) Bailii England and Wales Landlord and … Continue reading Chouhan v The Earls High School: UTLC 15 Sep 2016
UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – Rent Determination – first-tier tribunal determining rent for flat on reference under Housing Act 1988 section 13 by applying criteria set out in Housing Act 1988 section 14 – whether first-tier tribunal erred in law – whether tenancy a protected or statutory tenancy governed by the Rent Act 1977 rather … Continue reading Bacon v Mountview Estates Plc: UTLC 28 Oct 2015
UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – Rent Determination – assured periodic tenancy – determination of market rent – reduction in rent owing to state of premises – refusal of access by tenant to landlord to enter the premises to undertake repairs – implied term to enter the premises – Housing Act, sections 14 and 16  … Continue reading North Lincolnshire Homes Ltd v Bentley: UTLC 13 Aug 2015
UTLC LANDLORD AND TENANT – RENT DETERMINATION – assured periodic tenancy – whether agreement provided for contractual rent review and precluded reference of proposed new rent to First-tier Tribunal – new service charge for support and intensive housing management services not required by tenant – market rent determined by reference to comparable without such services … Continue reading Helena Partnerships Ltd v Brown: UTLC 25 Jun 2015
The Court considered service of a notice under the 1988 Act: ”Serve’ is an ordinary English word connoting the delivery of a document to a particular person.’ Lord Justice Peter Gibson, And, Lord Justice Ward  EWCA Civ 3045, (1999) 32 HLR 866 Bailii Housing Act 1988 England and Wales Cited by: Cited – UKI … Continue reading Tadema Holdings Ltd v Ferguson: CA 18 Nov 1999
A failure by a landlord under the pre-1996 assured shorthold tenancy regime, to insert the correct tenancy dates in a shorthold notice, meant that the tenancy became an assured tenancy, since the arrangement failed to meet the requirements to create a shorthold tenancy. The divisional court had decided that the landlord’s possession action had failed, … Continue reading Clickex Ltd v McCann: CA 26 May 1999
Appeal against refusal to set aside possession order made under assured shorthold tenancy. No rent was paid on three rent days, but then the Housing benefit begand clearing arrears in part. Held: It is settled law that the notice requiring possession need not follow exactly the words of the section. Hallett, Davis, Floyd LJJ  … Continue reading Masih, Regina (on The Application of) v Yousaf: CA 6 Feb 2014
The claimant had applied for housing as a homeless person and was found temporary accomodation pending the respondent’s decision. When eventually the decision went against the claimant, the claimant argued that the authority was obliged to recover the licensed accomodation through court proceedings. Held: The appeal failed. Moses, Kitchin, Floyd LJJ  EWCA Civ 805, … Continue reading ZH, Regina (on The Application of) v London Borough of Newham: CA 11 Jul 2013
The claimants had applied for housing as homeless. They were given accommodation pending the authority’s final decisions. Those decisions were thet the claimants were homeless intentionally. The authoity’s set out to recover possession. The claimants said that under the 1977 Act, the authority was obliged first to obtain a court order. Held: The request for … Continue reading CN, Regina (on The Application of) v London Borough of Lewisham: CA 11 Jul 2013