Social Housing

Areas of expertise include:

  • Anti-social Behaviour (including injunctions, committals, possession claims & closure orders)
  • Disrepair & Fitness for Human Habitation
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Homelessness
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation- mandatory, selective & additional licensing regimes
  • Right to Buy
  • Allocations
  • Judicial Review
  • Possession Proceedings
  • Local Authority Enforcement: rent repayment/banning/prohibition orders, improvement notices/civil penalty notices
  • Service Charges & Leasehold Disputes

  • Social Housing Fraud
  • Succession
  • Tenancy Deposits
  • Travellers
  • Trespass & Nuisance
  • Unlawful Eviction & Harassment
  • Human Rights
  • Introductory & Demoted Tenancies

Social Housing Barristers

Trinity Chambers is home to some of the leading specialist Housing barristers on the North Eastern Circuit. Members of the team are ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

The team regularly appear in courts and tribunals at all levels and are often at the forefront of key legal developments in this ever-evolving and technically challenging area.

Barristers in the Social Housing team act for local authorities, housing association and other social landlords, private landlords, tenants and applicants on all aspects of housing law.

Members of the team are also specialists in related areas including property law, leasehold disputes, welfare benefits, social care, local government, immigration, Human Rights, discrimination, capacity and Court of Protection and are able to provide a complete service to clients on all aspects of their case.

Members of Chambers have been instrumental in advising local government and public bodies on matters of strategy, policy and procedure in housing and other related areas.

Trinity's Social Housing barristers also regularly appear in housing-related prosecutions including licensing and other offences under the Housing Act 2004, Housing and Planning Act 2016 and Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The Housing Act 2004 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016 also give a whole host of other enforcement measures to local authorities dealing with landlords such as improvement notices, prohibition orders, rent repayment orders, banning orders, civil penalty notices, etc.

Trinity's Social Housing barristers have a wealth of experience in advising (both local authorities and those on whom the measures are imposed) on every step of the process, and also regularly appear in the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal representing parties in appeals.

With Chambers in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds, Trinity's Housing barristers act for clients across the North Eastern, Northern Circuits and beyond.

Members of the Social Housing team sit as judges in the First Tier Tribunal and have been appointed to the Attorney General's regional panel of counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel. They have also been instrumental in setting up the Northern branch of the Social Housing Law Association.

  • "Fielding a housing team covering a range of contentious matters, Trinity Chambers acts on behalf of both landlords and tenants. The cases taken on by the set include homelessness, possession and disrepair proceedings, as well as complex anti-social behaviour matters. Members of the set are well equipped to advise on matters involving the Equality Act 2010 and human rights law"

    Chambers & Partners 2021