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Housing Law Bulletin

The GCN housing team produce regular updates to supplement their seminar training activities. These updates can be accessed from this page by following the links below. New updates will be announced in the "What's new" section of the website. See bottom of page for how to join our mailing list to recieve future editions by email.

See also our list of reported and notable housing law cases and links below to other housing news stories providing additional commentary and judgments.

Housing Team Bulletin - Issue 41 - July 2016

Issues in N325 compliance

  • In this issue, published as a guest blog on Nearly Legal , GCN’s Jonathan Holt sets out the background and detail to the recent emergence of a potential argument employable by those facing a warrant for possession, whether it be as the result of rent arrears or a failure to make mortgage payments.
  • Disclosure of a completed N325 form when defending a claim for possession issued at Oldham County Court revealed the form had not been completed to specify the amount of money remaining due (an entry of "£0.00" appeared in "Balance due at date of request" and “Amount for which warrant to issue” fields).  ... Subsequent enquiries then escalated to HMCTS  who "confirmed that there was to be an urgent review within the entire civil court network, focussing on the issue of whether there had been a general failure to complete N325 forms correctly by landlord representatives throughout England and Wales. It appeared that this was a widespread error."
  • Jonathan Holt goes on to say "As such, if a warrant issued without complying with CPR83.26(7) is a nullity, it cannot be cured and is always a nullity. Thus it is arguable that any warrant so issued has led to unlawful eviction..."

Read the full article with detailed background and analysis of the potential to argue that warrants arising from defective N325 forms be set aside.

Special thanks to Tony Fearnley of Platt Halpern Solicitors and James Stark of GCN for their contribution to this article.

Housing Team Bulletin - Issue 40 - November 2015

Protecting tenants from serious disrepair: the use of injunctions

In this issue...

  • The test; American Cyanamid Co v Ethicon Ltd [1975] A.C. 396
  • Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Enforcement
  • Legal aid and costs

Click below to read full edition

Housing Team Legal Bulletin-Nov 2015

See also:

GCN Housing bulletin archive 2007 - 2013

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Housing news stories

On 30.11.15 GCN’s Tom Royston will be speaking at a CPAG seminar in Manchester on Genuine Prospect of Work – this may be interest to some of you

10/11/15 – Cities behaving badly and other bits – GCN’s Andrew Byles ( Nearly Legal )

4/11/15 – Bedroom Tax appeals heard in the Court of Appeal – GCN’s Tom Royston

3/11/15 – Chambers & Partners 2016 recommends members of the GCN housing team

10/10/15 – Deposits – the White Book is wrong via GCN’s Tom Royston ( Nearly Legal )

20/10/15 – GCN housing seminar “Homelessness; caselaw update and other remedies for vulnerability”

26/7/15 – Update on Legal aid merits test via GCN’s James Stark ( Nearly Legal )

26/2/15 - S222 Injunction to restrain in Leeds City Centre

11/12/14 - Joseph Markus and Natalie Wilkins join chambers

23/10/14 Scott v Southern Pacific in Supreme Court

30/10/12 Once more unto the breach: CPR 81, housing injunctions and committal applications

14/9/12 Why Criminalise Squatting? (Justice Gap article)

14/5/12 High Test for Judicial Review of Refusal of Permission to Appeal (Sharing v Preston County Court)

18/10/11 Are squatting reform proposals causing confusion?

3/11/10 Pinnock judgment

28/4/10 Starter Tenancies and Public Law Defences

18/5/09 The end of the Tolerated Trespasser?

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