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The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

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