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Housing & Social Care

Housing Lawyer at Osbornes comments on the government’s eviction ban extension

News article published on: 24th August 2020

Alex McMahon, expert housing lawyer in the housing and community care department at Osbornes has been quoted in various publications including the Daily Mirror  following the Government’s eviction ban extension, which has now been pushed back to 20th September. Courts were due to begin hearing rental property repossession cases again from August 24th. Alex, who […]

Possession Claims during the Coronavirus Pandemic

News article published on: 13th August 2020

On 04th May 2020 I posted a blog about tenants’ rights during the pandemic. Since then there have been a number of significant developments as we have all adapted our daily lives to adjust to the threat posed by the pandemic. For renters and landlords this has been a difficult period, as many have struggled […]

Judicial review – friend or foe?

News article published on: 13th August 2020

The Government announced on 31st July 2020 that an independent panel has been asked to look at judicial review to consider whether it should be reformed. What is Judicial Review? Judicial review is the legal process in which the Administrative Court (a branch of the High Court) is asked to ‘review’ a decision by a […]

Rejecting tenants on housing benefit deemed indirect discrimination

News article published on: 24th July 2020

In a recent decision in the County Court at York it was held that a letting agent’s policy of rejecting tenancy applications because the applicants were in receipt of housing benefit was unlawfully indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of sex and disability contrary to sections 19 and 29 of the Equality Act 2010. Shelter represented […]

Refugee Week: Support for age disputed migrants during austerity and Covid-19

News article published on: 17th June 2020

As I reflect on refugee week, I thought that I would contact a previous client, “H”, to see how he is getting on. I acted for H in 2018 after a London local authority assessed him to be an adult, rather than a child aged 17 as claimed. This caused a great deal of distress […]

I’m living with an abusive partner during lockdown, what are my options?

News article published on: 29th May 2020

On 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a national lockdown. The government implemented the most severe restrictions on public movement ever announced during peacetime, and the nation was told to “stay indoors”. But what about those for whom this instruction is not safe? What about people at risk of violence in their […]

I am vulnerable and homeless but the Council is still refusing to help me

News article published on: 27th May 2020

Homelessness law and procedure can be very complicated. We hope this blog gives you some helpful pointers but it is not designed to be used as a substitute for getting proper legal advice. Depending on your financial circumstances, Legal Aid is available so that you can instruct a lawyer to advise and help you with […]

Frustration and Force Majeure – Does COVID-19 operate to discharge the lease of my business premises? 

News article published on: 20th May 2020

In these unprecedented times, many business owners may be wondering if there is any way that they can cancel or get out of their Lease obligations. The Government has imposed a lockdown affecting the economy for an indefinite period, many commercial lessees will find themselves struggling to pay rent on their premises as their turnover […]

I have lost my job and I have no recourse to public funds – what can I do?

News article published on: 5th May 2020

The impact of the current pandemic is being felt by many, but the prospect of losing your job or not being able to pay your rent will be particularly stressful for those with no recourse to public funds (“NRPF”). This is because if you have no access to public funds, you will not be able […]

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