Housing e-bulletin

November 5, 2009

Chambers are pleased to present the most recent of its Housing E-bulletins, edited by Emma Godfrey , Adrian Davis and Genevieve Screeche-Powell, covering developments in housing law since August of this year.

As you will see, during that time the Courts have answered questions including:

  • Is it lawful for local authorities to contract out their homelessness reviews, or any part thereof, to third parties? De-Winter Heald and Others v Brent LBC , in which Martin Russell of Chambers appeared;
  • Was a possession order made at an uncontested first hearing made ‘at trial’ within the meaning of CPR 39.3? Forcelux Ltd v Martyn Binnie ;
  • Where a local authority officer granted tenancies to persons who did not have priority under its housing allocation scheme, had the authority granted valid secure tenancies? Birmingham CC v Qasim ; and
  • Did the continuing anti-social behaviour of a former tenant qualify as ‘housing-related’ for the purposes of s. 153A HA 1996? Swindon BC v Redpath .

Finally, this is the fourth quarterly HEB we have produced since we commenced publication in February of this year. Having completed our first full year of HEBs, we would like to thank you for continuing to read our publication and for your helpful comments, which enable us to refine and improve it.