Good news on the court case front. Grow Heathrow now has one of the best legal firms in the country representing us in what is described as a “ground-breaking case” on the Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors website.
Assisting Lindsay Johnson of Doughty Street Chambers who has put in a tireless amount of work and effort on the case so far off his own back, Jayesh Kunwardia, partner in the Housing team at Hodge Jones & Allen and who specialises in Housing Law said:
“This is a ground breaking case which will define whether every single possession claim in relation to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy or on a mandatory ground for possession will require a proportionality assessment.”
Although the owner’s possession claim has been accepted, Grow Heathrow, whose case was heard at the Central London County Court on 18th July, has been granted a stay of eviction and leave to appeal under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act by Judge Karen Walden-Smith, which guarantees the right to a home and family life. Walden-Smith stated that “the Supreme Court has so far shied away from reaching a determination as to whether Article 8 applies to private as well as public landlords”.
More information on the case can be found on The Guardian website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/18/heathrow-squatters-ruling-housing-law