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Paul Loughran v Piney Rentals Limited and F5 Property Limited 16/084351

On 29th June Belfast County Court ruled that F5 Property Limited, acting as a letting agent, return an administration fee which was charged to a tenant prior to commencing his tenancy.  Belfast County Court had previously ordered, in December 2017, that another letting agent, Piney Rentals Limited, return a similar fee charged to the same tenant.
 

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Housing Law

County Court orders letting agent to return administration fee to tenant

On 21st December 2017 Belfast County Court ordered a letting agent to return an administration fee to a tenant under the provisions within The Commission on Disposals of Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

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Housing Law, Local Developments

Judicial Review on removal of EEA nationals for 'rough sleeping' begins

A judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy of detaining and deporting rough sleepers from EU countries has been heard in the High Court of England and Wales.  The challenge began on 21st November and lasted for three days.  Judgment is awaited. 
 

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Housing Law

Supreme Court rules that Article 8 need not be considered in possession proceedings by private landlord

McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC 28

A private sector tenant who had psychiatric and behavioural issues argued that the court was required to carry out an Article 8 assessment in repossession proceedings.  The tenant’s landlords were her parents who had purchased the property by obtaining a secured loan from a private company.  They fell into arrears of the monthly payments and the company sought to repossess the property.

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ECHR Art. 8, Housing Law, Mental Health

Supreme Court clarifies meaning of ‘vulnerability’ in homelessness applications

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Housing Law

Landlord isues eviction notices to all tenants receiing Housing Benefit

Fergus Wilson is a landlord who has a property portfolio of 1,000 properties in the Kent area of England. At the beginning of 2014, he decided to issue eviction notices to all tenants who were in receipt of Housing Benefit. In addition, he has instructed letting agents not to accept applications from those who are in need of Housing Benefit.
 

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Housing Law