Only connect – allocation priority

Just a brief note, partly about Barnet’s Allocation policy and partly about the surprising way that things can develop from a blog post. In September 2014, I noted that Barnet’s proposed changes to its allocation policy had the effect of excluding domestic violence victims from any priority for social housing, where that had had the […]

The Long and Winding Road

The facts in Nzolameso v Westminster CC are pretty unremarkable, but the effects of the Court of Appeal’s judgement are likely to reverberate through every new homelessness application, especially in the London area. Ms N is a parent of five children, who were evicted from their 4 bedroom house in Westminster in November 2012 following imposition […]

The public sector equality duty and priority need

We are (or more accurately I am) a bit late on this one. It is quite important though and the fact I have only just written it up should not detract from that. In Kanu v Southwark LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1085, the Court of Appeal considered whether the public sector equality duty added an […]

Trouble out west

In O’Brien v Bristol CC [2014] EWHC 2423 (Admin) [heard at the RCJ instead of in the Bristol admin court?  Not on Bailii yet but we have seen a transcript], a range of issues arose out of the council’s decision to seek and obtain a possession order of an unauthorised encampment below the M5 at Avonmouth. […]

Temporary accommodation at a peppercorn rent

This is a fascinating judicial review case. While the specific facts might only apply to a very few people, there is an interesting principle in it which may have wider application. R (OAO Yekini) v LB Southwark [2014] EWHC 2096 (Admin)  [Not on Bailii yet. I've got a transcript] Just to set the scene, Ms […]

Bad reviews and a future of bunk beds

Temur v London Borough of Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 877 This second appeal to the Court of Appeal from a s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal raises three important questions. Unfortunately, the answers to them are rather brief and rather negative. The issues are i) whether a s.202 review of a s.184 decision can come to […]

Pregnancy and Worker Status

Saint Prix v SSWP Case C-507/12 must be one of the more obvious decisions of the CJEU in the sense that the outcome should have been apparent (although the rationale less so), but no less important because of that.  The question on reference from the UKSC was, in essence, whether somebody who becomes pregnant loses […]

What’s the Din?*

In Haile v Waltham Forest LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 792, the question for the Court of Appeal was the relevant date for determining whether an applicant is intentionally homeless.  On the facts, this was a significant question: Ms Haile had left her room in a hostel on 25th October 2011 to go to stay with a […]