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Coronavirus Act 2020 receives Royal Assent
The Coronavirus Act 2020, which contains a wide range of emergency measures including provisions protecting residential tenants from eviction, has been given Royal Assent. See also: Housing associations body says no one should be evicted because of coronavirus

Court of Appeal upholds no order for costs decision in housing case where claimant withdrew proceedings after being given new accommodation
A judge was entitled to conclude that the appropriate course was to make no order for costs in a housing case where legal proceedings were withdrawn because the claimant had obtained all the relief she was seeking, the Court of Appeal has found.

Court of Appeal finds for council in dispute over false statement and social housing
A false statement given in support of an application for social housing can invalidate a tenancy even if it was not directly determinative of the decision to grant it, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Upper Tribunal rules on burden of proof when statutory defence to HMO offence is pleaded
The Upper Tribunal has ruled on where the burden of proof lies when it is said that the manager of a house in multiple occupation had a reasonable excuse for conduct which, but for that defence, would amount to a relevant housing offence under section 249A, Housing Act 2004.

Court of Appeal rules for council in case on eviction for rent arrears against backdrop of domestic violence
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal over whether it was not reasonable for the appellant to stay in a property from which she was evicted for rent arrears given that there was evidence she had been subjected to domestic violence.

Upper Tribunal cuts £572k civil penalties in housing case by 70%
The Upper Tribunal has allowed in part an appeal over civil penalties of £236,000 imposed on each of two defendants for housing offences, reducing the total amount to be paid to £174,000.

Landlord fails in Upper Tribunal appeal over requirement to attend training on tenancy management
The Upper Tribunal has rejected an appeal by a landlord over the imposition of a condition on his licence requiring him to attend training on how to manage tenancies.

Five Paper bolsters housing and property team with England arrival

Leading claimant housing barrister joins Garden Court Chambers
COVID-19 and social landlords

Angela Hall, Elizabeth England and Tristan Salter provide an update for social landlords on the changes taking place in relation to possession claims, gas safety and repairs.

Homelessness and COVID-19

Andy Lane, Matt Lewin and Tara O’Leary of Cornerstone Barristers’ Housing and Public Law Teams have prepared a briefing note in response to the particular issues raised for local housing authorities (LHAs) by Covid-19 insofar as concerns their Part 7 homelessness duties and powers.

Disability discrimination in pursuit of a legitimate aim

A recent case looked closely at the actions of a housing provider which sought to evict a disabled tenant following his assault on one of the trust's employees. John Murray unpacks the judgment.

Final implementation of The Fitness Act

Baljit Basra and Alex Loxton analyse changes to the 'fitness obligations brought in by The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and predict an increase in the volume of claims.

Housing case law update: March 2020

Paul Lloyd, Victoria Smith and Elena-Lucia Stoian round up the latest housing law rulings from the courts and a recent report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
 
Building safety reforms - what impact on local authority landlords?

In the wake of new building safety reforms, Jessica Arczynski and Ian Doolittle look at how local housing authorities will be affected.

Valid or not valid?

Does an obvious mistake in a Notice of Seeking Possession invalidate it…or not? Steven Eccles reports on the lessons for housing associations and local authorities from an important recent ruling.
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LGA issues briefing on Coronavirus Bill, calls for duty of care on HMO landlords to ensure tenants can self-isolate
The Local Government Association has called for a new duty of care for landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure tenants can satisfactorily self-isolate.

Housing association secures first unlawful profit order after tenant caught sub-letting flat to tourists
A housing association has obtained an unlawful profit order requiring an ex-tenant to pay back £6,000 after he sublet his flat to tourists.

Judge gives guidance on applications to Court of Appeal for interim relief
Lord Justice Hickinbottom has given guidance on making applications to the Court of Appeal for interim relief, in an intentional homelessness case he declined to conclude because it had become academic.

Revised scheme to hand Housing Ombudsman stronger powers
The Housing Ombudsman has issued a revised Scheme and a business plan for 2020-21 which it says will give it stronger powers and more resources “to deliver significant improvements in housing redress”.
 
Government to set Local Plans deadline for December 2023, review calculation of Local Housing Need

Defendant sentenced after being caught on CCTV injuring himself to claim against housing association

Defendant jailed for five years after defrauding council of nearly £32k through Grenfell subletting claim

Land promoter loses High Court challenge over application of 'tilted balance'

London Mayor concedes over planning permission for London hotel site, agrees to pay council £90k in costs
 
Law firm advises social housing provider on deal with L&G to provide 600 homes a year
What are for-profit registered providers?

When the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (2008 Act) came into force, it allowed profit-making organisations to be registered with the social housing regulator for the first time. Emma Kirby looks at what happened next.

Welsh social landlords and judicial review

Can a Welsh registered social landlord who is not a public body for Office National Statistics be the subject of a judicial review when it delivers a public function? Tim Edds investigates.

Coronavirus - contracts, force majeure and frustration

Paula Dumbill analyses the issues around force majeure provisions and the common law doctrine of frustration.

Keeping the planning system going

Jonathan Easton sets out how local authorities can maintain decision taking when it is becoming ever more difficult to convene planning committees

Phased planning permissions and CIL Liability Notices

Christopher Cant looks at the lessons to be learned from a Planning Court judge's ruling on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and phased planning permissions.

The role of judicial review applications in the CIL regime

A recent decision of Mr Justice Swift in the Planning Court will have a significant impact on the manner in which a Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) is challenged and the stance taken by authorities in rebutting such challenges, writes Christopher Cant.
BOOST YOUR CAREER: Being a legal locum in local government
An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.
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