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Housing and Property

"The entire team is fantastic; they all go out of their way to accommodate our needs"

C&P 2017

Housing & Property Group

The Housing & Property Group aims to provide a high quality and efficient service covering the full spectrum of the Social Housing and Property field.  Instructions are accepted on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

The Group is regarded as one of the leading housing sets outside of London and is home to some of the most highly regarded and sought after barristers nationwide. Members have experience at all levels of courts and tribunals (including the Supreme Court) throughout England and Wales and have appeared in several leading cases.

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'St Ives Chambers is an excellent specialist housing set, and led by the very effective and experienced Michael Singleton.' Legal 500 

'Provide an excellent service at competitive prices.' Legal 500

Social Housing

Areas of Work:

  • Allocations
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Article 8 Defences
  • Disrepair – Civil and Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Nuisance
  • Homelessness
  • Injunctions
  • Possession Actions
  • Regulation of Travellers, Mobile Home and Caravan Sites
  • Unlawful Eviction & Harassment
  • Right to Buy
  • Transfer of Local Authority Stock
  • Drafting and Construction of Tenancy Agreements

Commercial / Real Property

Areas of Work:

  • Rent Reviews
  • Forfeiture
  • Renewals
  • Dilapidations
  • Repossessions
  • Adverse Possession
  • Boundaries
  • Easements
  • Mortgages and other charges
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Rent Deposits
  • Service charge Disputes

Cases of Interest

  • Birmingham CC v Frisby [2010] EWCA Civ 326
  • Knowsley HT v White [2008] UKHL 70
  • Porter v Shepherds Bush HA [2008] EWCA Civ 196
  • O'Neill v Sandwell MBC [2007] EWHC 3004 (QB)
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association v Vertigan [2010] EWCA Civ 1583
  • Keshwara v Keshwala [2004] EWCA Civ 295 
  • Bradney v Birmingham City Council [2003] EWCA Civ 1783 
  • Birmingham City Council v Avril Lee [2008] EWCA (Civ) 891
  • Leicester City Council v Alvin Spencer Lewis (2001) 33 HLR 37 CA
  • Birmingham City Council v NEIL ASHTON [2012] EWCA Civ 1557
  • Corby Borough Council v Scott [2012] EWCA Civ 276
  • Knowsley Housing Trust v White [2008] UKHL 70

Continued Professional Development

As a fully certified training provider, the Housing & Property Group are committed to providing professional clients with a programme of seminars providing delegates with an update on topical matters. In-house 'Bespoke Training Sessions' can be conducted; tailored to the clients requirements. The Group host an annual Housing Conference which attracts housing practitioner’s nationwide.

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