News, events and consultations

HLPA Conference 12 December 2018

The 2018 HLPA Conference is now open for booking and it will take place once more at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG, on 12th December 2018. The conference is open to members and non-members alike and booking information can be found here: www.profbriefings.co.uk/hlc2018/

Visitors are invited to check the site again closer to the event for more details of the format of the conference. Drinks will follow the conference and they will be sponsored this year by Seddons Costs Law. A 10% discount on fees is offered to members who register before 18.00 on 15th November.

Next HLPA Meeting 19th September 2018

Housing outside the Housing Acts

The speakers will be Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers and Lou Crisfield, Miles and Partners Solicitors

Please note that the meeting will take place from 18.30 to 20.30. The location for this meeting is:

BPP University Law School, Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY

Special HLPA Meeting 15th August 2018

The Housing Possession Duty Scheme and the Judicial Review

The speakers will be Sue James, Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre and Simon Mullings, Edwards Duthie Solicitors

Please note that the meeting will take place from 18.30 to 20.30. The location for this meeting is:

BPP University Law School, Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY

Next HLPA Meeting 16th May 2018

Mortgage Possession

The speakers will be Tony Martin, BPP University School of Law and Stephen Cottle, Garden Court Chambers.

Please note that the meeting will take place from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The location for this meeting is:

BPP Professional Education, 137 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NN

 

Next HLPA Meeting 13th March 2018

Allocations Cases and How to Run Them Effectively

The speakers will be Ann Bevington, Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors and Martin Westgate QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Please note that the meeting will take place from 18.30 to 21.00 (to include the AGM from 18.30-19.00). The location for this meeting is:

BPP University Law School, Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY

Fitness for Habitation Bill passes Second Reading

The Housing (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed Second Reading in the House of Commons unanimously on 19 January 2018. The Bill is a private members bill brought by Karen Buck, Labour MP for Westminster North, but, very unusually, it now has the support of both Labour and the Government. This means it now has a very good chance of becoming law.

The Bill will insert an implied term into all English tenancies of less than 7 years term that the landlord will ensure the property is fit for habitation at the start of the tenancy and keep it fit throughout. It will apply to all new social and private tenancies after it is in force, and then to all existing periodic tenancies after one year.

Giles Peaker, former chair of HLPA, and Justin Bates, former vice-chair, have been working closely with Karen Buck on the drafting and progress of the Bill since the conception of the first version of the Bill in 2015. HLPA members have been active in support – and it is the breadth and strength of support that encouraged the Government to also get behind the Bill.

The Bill will now go to committee stage. There is no timetable yet, but it is possible that the Bill will get Royal Assent in July and be in force by the autumn of this year.

HLPA’s Executive Committee would like to thank both Giles and Justin for their continued work in ensuring this vitally important piece of legislation, which goes hand in hand with the work done by HLPA’s Law Reform and Grenfell Sub-Committees, becomes law.

Simon Marciniak

HLPA Chair

January 2018