House rent
15.7.2024 | Samuel O’Flaherty

How To Deal With Rent Arrears

What can I do if I am struggling to pay off rent arrears? There are many reasons why one might...

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houses of parliament
16.4.2024 | Emma Vincent Miller

When can you challenge public body decisions about...

An introduction to public law Public law governs the relationship between public bodies, such as central government or local government,...

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asylum seeker
16.4.2024 | Rahul Kanani

Short-Form Assessments of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Age is just a number? Shining a light on Local Authorities’ Short-Form Assessments of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children A recent report...

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camden road
5.4.2024 | Edward Taylor

DWP Exposed for £32,000 Underpayment of Disability Benefits

Osbornes Law has assisted a vulnerable client to recover underpaid disability benefits totalling over £32,000. Our client, a disabled young man,...

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23.1.2024 | Alex McMahon

Case Reiterates Local Authorities should follow Allocation Scheme

R (on the application of Kukhtyak) -v- London Borough of Hounslow [2023] EWHC 2914 (Admin) This sad case concerned an elderly couple...

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housing discussions
7.12.2023 | Tom McHale

Supreme Court sets High Threshold for Local Authorities...

Judgment was handed down on 28 November 2023 by the Supreme Court in an important case regarding the main housing duty. The...

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28.9.2023 | Muna Adam

Gatekept homeless teenager accommodated by local housing authority

Miss X, a 17 year old whose details are anonymised to protect her privacy, left her family home in March 2022 following...

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28.9.2023 | Muna Adam

Homelessness case successfully settled for elderly disabled lady

Ms X, whose details are anonymised to protect her privacy, had been living in a privately rented one-bedroom flat for...

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28.9.2023 | Adele Pinkett

Disrepair case against Landlord and Freeholder successfully settled

Osbornes Law represented a private tenant who lived with his young son. The property suffered from severe disrepair including leaking/...

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28.9.2023 | Adele Pinkett

Client successfully rehoused following refusal by local authority

Osbornes Law represented a client who had been found intentionally homeless by his local authority. He was extremely vulnerable and...

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28.9.2023 | Sean Hughes

Client rehoused and £16,000 arrears cleared

Osbornes Law were instructed to assist a client to suspend a warrant for possession. The client had fallen into arrears...

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26.9.2023 | Samuel O’Flaherty

Victory for Homeless Victim

Mr X, whose details are anonymised to protect his privacy, fled his home country due to severe persecution from the...

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13.9.2023 | William Ford

Successful homelessness judicial review case against Redbridge Council

This matter involved a claim in the High Court for judicial review against Redbridge Council for failure to comply with...

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Renters Reform Bill
15.8.2023 | Shilpa Mathuradas

The Renters (Reform) Bill – Will it have the...

There has been much publicity recently over the Renters (Reform) Bill, the assumption being that the government have their eye...

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13.7.2023 | Tom McHale

Family Unlawfully Evicted Receives Damages of £22,000

This matter involved an unlawful eviction claim brought by our clients against their private landlord (“the Landlord”). Our clients were...

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Man is making audit of household expenses
21.4.2023 | William Ford

Success in Court of Appeal in child disability...

The Court of Appeal has today handed judgment in the case of Harrington v Secretary of State for Work and...

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Churchill Gardens neighborhood in Pimlico
20.1.2023 | William Ford

High Court finds Westminster Council’s Housing Scheme...

Westminster City Council’s housing allocation scheme found to be unlawful The High Court has today handed down judgment finding...

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High Court of Justice, London, UK
17.1.2023

Court of Appeal Dismisses Legacy Benefits Claim

The Court of Appeal has today dismissed the legacy benefit Claimants’ appeal of the decision of the High Court dated 18...

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East London aerial view
14.11.2022 | William Ford

Housing allocation case questions lawfulness of council’s...

Until February 2022, the social housing allocation scheme for the London Borough of Newham allowed people who lived outside the borough...

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High Court of Justice, London, UK
5.8.2022 | William Ford

Legacy benefits uplift: appeal granted by Court of...

Introduction to the case On 18 February 2022 the High Court dismissed the case brought by Osbornes Law on behalf of 4 claimants...

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london house
16.5.2022 | Muna Adam

Immediate, Non-Deferrable and Unqualified

Judgment was handed down on 04 May 2022 in the Court of Appeal in an important case regarding the main housing duty....

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DATE OF BIRTH close up on a printed form
12.4.2022 | Alex McMahon

Vulnerable child wrongly assessed to be an adult

Upper Tribunal finds a vulnerable child to be 17 years old despite two flawed local authority age assessments which led to...

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Homeless Teenager
5.11.2021 | Samuel O’Flaherty

Council overturns unlawful housing policy

Homeless teenager claims victory for more than 1,200 homeless people after forcing council to overturn unlawful housing policy A homeless teenager...

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shoreditch london
3.9.2021 | Samuel O’Flaherty

Homeless Teenager takes London Council to High Court

A homeless teenager is taking a London council to the High Court for ‘unlawfully’ banning hundreds of homeless people from...

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mould
19.8.2021 | Samuel O’Flaherty

Housing Disrepair Scandal in South London

Following an investigation by ITV nearly 500 homes in the Eastfields Estate in Mitcham, south London, owned by the housing association...

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model houses
8.4.2021 | Samuel O’Flaherty

Council to amend unlawful housing allocation banding process

For the last 8 years Brent Council has stopped the majority of homeless applicants from bidding for rehousing, treating them as ‘...

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Troy Golide
25.1.2021 | Edward Taylor

Hackney Council ignore vulnerable resident’s request

Paranoid schizophrenic ignored by Hackney Council for four years wins legal battle over unsafe front door A man who suffers...

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asylum seekers
25.1.2021 | Edward Taylor

Teenage asylum seeker wins legal battle against Council...

Vulnerable teenage asylum seeker wins age case against the council which unlawfully assessed him A vulnerable teenager who sought asylum...

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signing document
23.12.2020 | William Ford

EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status entitled to benefits...

Court Judgment means EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status can access benefits and housing On 18 December 2020 the Court of Appeal handed...

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22.12.2020 | William Ford

Osbornes applying to Supreme Court in housing possession...

In the case of Gateway Housing Association –v- Begum (2) the Court of Appeal recently decided that a tenant must leave...

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london apartments
22.12.2020 | William Ford

Housing disrepair issues resolved after three years

Osbornes were instructed on behalf of a disabled tenant who had been decanted from her temporary accommodation for some three...

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2.12.2020 | Edward Taylor

Education provision to age disputed migrants

The thorny issue of education provision to age disputed migrants There was an interesting article in The Guardian last week...

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24.11.2020 | William Ford

Is the delay in the Renters Reform Bill...

There have been issues tenants have faced for a long time before pandemic; namely no fault evictions and the other...

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20.11.2020 | William Ford

Up Up and away to the First Tier...

This year we assisted in written representations for a welfare benefit case in the Upper Tribunal. This is a Housing...

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20.11.2020 | William Ford

You are homeless because you are in shared...

It is well established that shared facilities are not suitable for families with children as long term accommodation. The client...

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scales law
13.8.2020 | Alex McMahon

Judicial review – friend or foe?

The Government announced on 31st July 2020 that an independent panel has been asked to look at judicial review to consider...

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to-let sign
24.7.2020 | Adele Pinkett

Rejecting tenants on housing benefit deemed indirect discrimination

In a recent decision in the County Court at York it was held that a letting agent’s policy of...

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home
27.5.2020 | Samuel O’Flaherty

I am vulnerable and homeless but the Council...

Homelessness law and procedure can be very complicated. We hope this blog gives you some helpful pointers but it is...

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5.5.2020 | Angela Marangone

I have lost my job and I have...

The impact of the current pandemic is being felt by many, but the prospect of losing your job or not...

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eviction notice
4.5.2020 | Alex McMahon

I am renting from a private landlord and...

I know that many individuals across the country are extremely worried about the instability of their housing. This was a...

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29.4.2020 | William Ford

Case news: Housing benefit decision addresses issue of...

The background You might be forgiven for thinking that the question of whether a course is full time or part...

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28.4.2020 | Muna Adam

When does a Local Authority have to provide...

Absolutely anyone can be struck down by misfortune and find themselves in a situation where they are homeless. Though many...

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16.4.2020 | Edward Taylor

I am being threatened with eviction – can I...

Whether you occupy social housing or private rented accommodation, early intervention is absolutely key to staving off the threat of...

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london house
30.3.2020 | William Ford

I have a disrepair issue can I withhold...

Withholding rent is not your best course of action. I see the logic in using the non-payment of rent as...

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3.3.2020

Landlord obligations to their tenants

With the Prime Minister confirming that the spread of coronavirus in the UK is likely but people should at present...

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mould in house
21.2.2020 | Alex McMahon

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – implementation...

“Home is a safe haven and a comfort zone. A place to live with our families and pets and enjoy...

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6.12.2019

Full house for Rights and Entitlements Post Brexit...

On 27 November 2019, Osbornes Law held a twilight seminar to consider the rights that EU citizens and their family members will...

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20.11.2019

Excellence rating for Osbornes Law Housing team

A recent review by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) was carried out at the beginning of November. The LAA review...

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6.11.2019 | William Ford

Universal Credit Claims and Personal Injury Compensation

The general rule on entitlement to Universal Credit is that a person is not entitled if they have capital of...

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22.10.2019 | Edward Taylor

Lambeth Council failed homeless applicant

The Court of Appeal has quashed a council decision that said a young man with mental health problems and at...

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5.9.2019 | William Ford

Possession – A New Dawn!

On 21st July 2019 the Government launched a consultation to seek views on implementing their decision to remove section 21 of the...

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13.8.2019 | Edward Taylor

Osbornes bring High Court challenge to secure accommodation

Edward Taylor has challenged Westminster City Council at the High Court after the local authority failed to meet its absolute...

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13.8.2019

NEWS: Osbornes successful at Upper Tribunal in complex...

R (on the Application of MRA) v Surrey County Council (JR/7871/2018) Our client MRA, a national of Iran, arrived in...

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Ed
23.5.2019

Enforcement Proceedings issued against Housing Association

Osbornes Law have successfully enforced a binding agreement reached with a housing association concerning works to remedy housing disrepair. In...

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22.5.2019

Tenancy deposits and prescribed information where there has...

Background This case involved an appeal by the tenant of a possession order made against her under s21 of the...

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8.4.2019 | Edward Taylor

Young asylum seekers – children being classified as adults

On BBC Newsnight, last night (5 April) reporters revealed young asylum seekers are being incorrectly classified by the Home office as...

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25.3.2019 | William Ford

Homelessness- The suitability of bed and breakfast accommodation

There is tremendous pressure on local authorities to house individuals and families for many reasons including unaffordable private rents and...

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25.3.2019

Where will the homeless go?

In news this week it has been confirmed that London Councils are preparing to send thousands of families into temporary...

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5.11.2018 | William Ford

Court of Appeal Clarifies the Definition of ‘Landlord’

It is now not uncommon for home owners to enter into company let agreements with property companies who are authorised...

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15.2.2016

From the Deregulation Act 2015 to the Immigration Act 2014 –...

On the 1st October 2015 a whole raft of changes came into force by virtue of the Deregulation Act 2015 which impact...

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