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Tackling Disrepair Through EPA

Speaker: Nathalie Csengeri
Chambers: One Pump Court

In keeping with Law Friends’ ethos of highlighting the meeting points of different aspects of law, Natalie Csengeri of One Pump Court provides an introduction for civil practitioners for tackling disrepair in a landlord and tenant context through the usage of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in the magistrates’ court. In this talk, the following will be discussed:

  • The framework of Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • When bringing an EPA prosecution may be appropriate for a tenant
  • How to bring an EPA prosecution
  • Points to prove
  • Tips and tricks
  • Sentencing options, nuisance orders and ancillary orders
  • Costs
  • Post-prosecution: enforcement and routes of appeal

Natalie’s housing law practice includes possession claims, unlawful evictions and matters involving disrepair (including prosecutions brought in the magistrates’ court under section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990). As a result of her previous practice in criminal law, Natalie is particularly sought after where there is a clear intersection between housing law and criminal law.