Missing Handrail – Landlord Held Liable for Fall

Hannon v Hillingdon Homes Ltd [2012] EWHC 1437 (QB) is a personal injury claim which arises out of an injury that the claimant Mr Patrick Hannon (“Mr Hannon”) suffered when he fell whilst carrying out maintenance work to the central heating and hot water boiler at a...

Still Being Debated – What are the Periods of a Statutory Periodic Tenancy?

Thanks to the nearlylegal blog for this one (who in turn offer thanks to Legal Action’s ‘Recent Developments in Housing Law’ , Edwards Duthie and Liz Davies for the case). In Lappin v Surace, Romford County Court 13 June 2012, Mr Lappin let a property to Ms Surace on...

Failure to Have HMO Licence and Proceeds of Crime

If a house in multiple occupation (“HMO”) requires a licence whether that’s because it has 3 storeys and 5 or more occupiers or because it’s located in an additional licensing area, it’s a criminal offence to operate the HMO without a...

Licence Fees Must be Reasonable and Proportionate

Below has been amended to include a link to the Court of Appeal judgment because it was first reported from High Court judgment. The general consensus is that the below case is authority that HMO licensing fees charged by a local authority must only cover actual costs...

Landlord not Liable for Tenant Slipping on Steps

Drysdale v Hedges High Court, QBD 27 July 2012 John Leighton Williams QC, sitting as a deputy Judge Background The landlord Ms Hedges let a property to Ms Drysdale which was a mid-terraced Victorian house on three floors. There were steps leading up to the front door...