The Housing Group at St Ives look at the challenges and opportunities presented to the housing sector over the last 12 months and how it has, and continues to cope with the ever changing landscape in 3 key areas (1) injunctions/committals (2) possession and (3) disrepair. This series of discussions will aim to provide a forum for housing lawyers and professions to consider the changing law and best practice in these challenging times. A running theme throughout the sessions will be the use of remote hearings, advocacy at those including how to take instructing during them and the need for electronic bundles.
With the stay on evictions and many tenants having to spend much more time inside their homes during the lockdowns, many landlords have had to rely on injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour over the last year. This session will look at the benefits and challenges of doing so including how injunctions have been used to tackle issues unique to the pandemic, service of documents and attendance at (remote) hearings. In addition, the judiciary has been provided with revised guidance on sentencing for breach of injunction which has had an impact on the sentences being imposed for breach and has reinforced some key considerations in dealing with committal proceedings. Part 81 has also been streamlined and the combined effect means housing practitioners need to be aware of and alive to principles that will affect how such cases must be conducted.
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