Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association Ltd v Donoghue: CA 27 Apr 2001

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 in detail. The landlord was exercising a public function, and was subject to the Act, which for this purpose should be construed widely. There had to be a procedure for recovering possession, and the restricted powers of the court were legitimate and proportionate, and did not interfere with the defendant’s right to family life. The court should first ascertain if there was any breach of the convention before seeking to interpret a statute to comply with the Act.
The fact that there may be hard cases as a result of a measure does not mean that that measure is incompatible with any convention rights.


Lord Woolf CJ, May and Jonathan Parker LJJ


Gazette 11-May-2001, Gazette 07-Jun-2001, Times 21-Jun-2001, [2001] EWCA Civ 595, [2002] QB 48, [2001] All ER (D) 210




Human Rights Act 1998 3 6 8, Housing Act 1988 21(4)


England and Wales

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CitedCoombes, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Another Admn 8-Mar-2010
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Human Rights, Litigation Practice, Housing

Updated: 19 May 2022; Ref: scu.84800