Housing Possession Duty Desk - a practical guide
Overview
Legal Action Group
Legal Action Group
As legal aid shrinks and housing lawyers become scarce, it is at the door of the court where most people now receive advice and assistance on their housing case.
Duty advisers are faced with the challenge of keeping a roof over people’s heads. Clients are often distressed and it is necessary to build trust, marshal the facts, apply the law, negotiate, and then if no agreement is reached, be prepared to fight the case before a judge. All in 20 minutes.
Housing Possession Duty Desk is the essential guide in your toolkit on the frontline of defending possession proceedings. For experienced duty advisers this will be a guide through the change in possession proceedings – now known as the ‘Overall Arrangements’ as well as a useful reference book and aide memoire. For those embarking on duty representation for the first time, this handbook will provide the support to be a fearless advocate for those who face losing their home.
While Defending Possession Proceedings is the definitive guide to this area of law, Housing Possession Duty Desk is its new practical companion volume focusing on tactical and procedural tips to navigate the daily demands of the duty desk.
Contents include:
How to use this book
The court and the duty day
CPR 55, Practice Directions and Pre-action Protocols
Notices
Secure, Introductory and Flexible tenancies (local authority tenancies and licenses)
Registered Social Landlords
Private tenancies
Other cases
Public law, Human Rights and Equality Act defences
Mortgage possession proceedings and charging orders
Outcomes
Set aside and variation applications
Appeals
Warrants for possession
HPCDS and legal aid
Appendices

About the author

Description: Simon Mullings - author
Simon Mullings is a senior caseworker at Edwards Duthie Shamash, a member of the Justice Alliance and co-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners’...