Tina Conlan successfully appeared for the Respondent authority in the matter of Harris v LB Hounslow [2017] EWCA Civ 1476

6th October 2017

The Court of Appeal has held that an authority has no power to extend the seven day time limit in section 85ZA(2) (Housing Act 1985) for requesting a review of a decision to seek possession under the absolute ground.

The decision gives clarity to authorities on the timescales within which the absolute ground operates.  It also contains a useful discussion as to the relationship between the statutory criteria for possession and the application of public law principles to decisions of a public authority taken within the course of possession proceedings.

Please click here for Tina’s digest, and here for a copy of the Judgement.