Legal type question!


Please forgive House for being daft but House has a question.

Let’s say a periodic assured shorthold tenant is served with a section 21 notice which is all fine and dandy. Let’s say the last day of the monthly period is the third of each month and the notice say expires on 3rd November and requires possession after that date. Rent is payable on 4th of each month for that month.

Now let’s say that the tenant doesn’t pay their rent on 4th november for november. The tenant moves out on 18th November without telling the Landlord. How much rent is the Landlord entitled to?

1. Are they entitled to rent up until the 18th

2. If the LL tries to recover the whole months rent can the Tenant say well the LL wanted possession after the 4th so that’s what I gave? Would the Tenant have to get the LL to agree to a surrender even though the LL have already indicated they required possession?

Apologies if a silly question!


Yes House knows they are jolly busy but today one department out did themselves by phoning the father of a teenager and saying if you don’t take them back then they’ll be sleeping on the streets as they don’t have to help them!

The excellent Mr Flack has set up a Social Welfare Law wiki. It’s early days but as such things only grow by users contributing House would recommend anyone with an interest in Social Welfare Law at least having a look and joining the wiki if interested in contributing. Sharing good practice, tips, training, links and law can only be a good thing House reckons. House has been working on a Handy Links page so please have a visit.

You can find the Wiki HERE

House is having a problem with clients in that they just aren’t turning up for appointments! House’s organisation needs to see about 100 clients a month. We have appointment slots for 120 which we thought, along with emergency drop ins would be enough. Unfortunately our turn up rate (with about a weeks wait for appointments) is about 40 – 50 pct.

House wonders if other organisations have this sort of problem and what they do to solve it. Phoning clients or texting the day before the appointment seems one way of helping and House wonders if others have much success with this.

In House’s experience getting a steady flow of clients through the doors on a regular basis seems to be a difficult proposition. House would be interested to hear others thoughts on what they do to solve this problem. Is a combination of drop in’s and appointments best? Just appointments? Just drop in’s? Appreciated it often depends on the premises but general thoughts welcome.

If it helps House works in premises that delivers only Housing advice.

Pretty much as the title suggests. Go visit!

Just incase you missed it there is a new Keycard which includes things such as the updated deductions for non-dependents.

The Keycard can be found HERE and is effective as of Monday 12th April 2010.

If you missed the update you might want to look at any cases taken on this week and ammend as appropriate!


Being not overly clever House was wondering whether if Richardson v Midland Heart Limited High Court (Chancery) 12/11/2007 was rightly decided (I know it’s just a County Court decision) then if someone has purchased their 50 pct share outright with no mortgage can a Court make a charging order against the property following an application by a creditor of the ‘tenant’?

Actually does the fact they paid outright with a mortgage make a difference?

House apologises for even thinking about this but it popped up today and if the creditor applies for an order for sale then there might be a defence, but then again if they get the Order for Sale they wouldn’t get anything back would they, possibly, as there isn’t any ‘equity’ in the property. Hrm could you even apply for an Order for Sale? Oh dear.