Practice Areas  

Housing

Chambers’ expertise and experience in housing work is well-known; indeed it is the area of work with which we are most closely associated. Andrew Arden QC, widely regarded as the “Godfather” of the subject, having been one of its main founders in the 1970s, is still its most eminent practitioner and the author/editor of many of its leading texts, including the Housing Law Reports, Encyclopedia of Housing Law, and Arden & Partington on Housing Law (now also with other members of chambers).

Our members are ranked as leaders in the field in all the leading directories, and regularly appear in the leading cases. We are committed to acting for all client groups equally, regardless of the funding basis. We regularly advise and appear for private individuals (tenants, applicants and leaseholders), local and other public authorities, private registered providers, banks, charities, developers and third sector organisations. We are frequently asked to advise on strategic and policy issues, as well as in individual cases.

We are also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. For details of Chambers’ mediation service, follow this link.

We can provide specialist assistance to clients across the full range of housing issues, including:

  • homelessness and allocations
  • human rights and equalities
  • possession and forfeiture claims
  • unlawful eviction
  • disrepair and dilapidations
  • enforcement of private sector standards, such as
    • HMO and private rental sector licensing and enforcement
    • HHSRS
    • tenancy deposits
    • statutory nuisance
    • rogue landlords and rent repayment orders
  • social housing fraud
  • housing benefit and welfare reform
  • service charges
  • enfranchisement and right to manage
  • regeneration
  • rent setting (including affordable rents, disaggregation and reduction (Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016))
  • stock transfer and disposals
  • anti-social behaviour

Notable recent cases include:

  • McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC 28; [2016] 3 WLR 45; [2016] HLR 28;
  • R (Edwards) v Birmingham CC [2016] EWHC 173 (Admin); [2016] HLR 11;
  • R (SG and others) v SSWP [2015] UKSC 16; [2015] PTSR 471; [2015] HLR 21;
  • Haile v Waltham Forest LBC [2015] UKSC 30; [2015] AC 1471; [2015] HLR 24;
  • Mohamoud v Kensington & Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWCA Civ 780; [2016] PTSR 289; [2015] HLR 38;
  • Poshteh v Kensington and Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWCA Civ 711; [2015] HLR 36 (to be heard in the Supreme Court on 14 February 2017);
  • Sanneh v SSWP [2015] EWCA Civ 49; [2016] QB 455; [2015] HLR 27;
  • Waltham Forest LBC v Hussain [2015] EWCA Civ 14; [2015] HLR 16;
  • Lambeth LBC v Loveridge [2014] UKSC 65; [2015] HLR 12;
  • Sims v Dacorum BC [2014] UKSC 63; [2015] AC 1336; [2015] HLR 7;
  • R (N) v Lewisham LBC [2014] UKSC 62; [2015] AC 1259; [2015] HLR 6;
  • Temur v Hackney LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 877; [2015] PTSR 1; [2014] HLR 39.


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Andrew Arden QC Year of Call: 1974 Year of Silk: 1991 Add to collection
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