Expectations are not existing facts.

Enfield LBC v Najim (2015) CA (Civ Div) 04/03/2015 [Note on Lawtel and here. Not on Bailii yet] This was Enfield’s appeal from a s.204 appeal quashing Enfield’s decision and review decision that Ms N was intentionally homeless. Ms N had a one year assured shorthold tenancy. She had withheld rent on three occasions: on the […]

The judicial review of regulations on funding judicial review

Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor [2015] EWHC 523 (Admin) The legal aid funding regulations for judicial reviews, in effect from April 2014, were the subject of this judicial review. To cut to the chase, the Lord Chancellor lost, but no remedy decided yet. (Disclaimer, I […]

Southwark gatekeeping: All of the wrong

R(Anon) v LB Southwark (Claim No CO/2035/2014 – settled by consent) Courtesy of Hansen Palomares Solicitors comes news of this settled Judicial Review of LB Southwark’s gatekeeping practices on homeless applications. It appears, to put it mildly, that Southwark have had a range of what should have been obviously unlawful policies on homeless applications, and […]

Violent Conduct and Homelessness

A brief note on Hussain v LB Waltham Forest [2015] EWCA Civ 14, which concerns the definition of ‘other violence’ in s.177(1) of the Housing Act 1996. In Yemshaw v LB Hounslow [2011] UKSC 3, the Supreme Court held that ‘violence’ under s.177(1) included behaviour which fell short of actual physical contact with the victim. The […]

Zambrano carers and social assistance

There must be times when Court of Appeal judges think that they have bit parts in an ongoing drama – they have a walk on role.  And that must be how the Court felt in Sanneh v SSWP and others [2015] EWCA Civ 49, which concerns the eligibility rules for Zambrano carers of a raft of social assistance […]

Babes out of the Forest

The out of borough temporary accommodation position continues to get worse, with increasing numbers of homeless shipped out of borough (and for London councils, often out of London). London Councils (pace Nzolameso v Westminster CC ) have put the DCLG ‘Supplementary Guidance on the homelessness changes in the Localism Act 2011 and on the Homelessness […]

“Every possible obstacle…”

As will be clear,  P (A Child: Use of S.20 CA 1989) [2014] EWFC 775 is a family law case, but one which crosses with housing law. My suggestion is that it sadly shows that Family lawyers, and indeed Family judges really need housing lawyers with them at all times. It also illustrates the sheer lengths […]

Human Rights Round-Up Part 2

Lemo and others v Croatia [2014] ECHR 755 (10/7/2014) Both the facts and the outcome in this case are highly reminiscent of Brezec v Croatia (see our note here). The applicants had occupied flats under protected tenancies from the 1970s until their eviction on 19/11/2010. The properties were initially publicly owned but the company which owned the properties […]

Errors, damn errors, and statistics: Ajilore v Hackney LBC

With the Supreme Court set to look at priority need this December, Ajilore v Hackney [2014] EWCA Civ 1273 may prove to be a brief footnote in the evolution of the bloated Pereira test. But, at least for the next four weeks, it tells us something about the construction of the ‘ordinary homeless person’ against which, post […]

A return of sanity: Allocation and reasonable preference

Jakimaviciute, R (On the Application Of) v Hammersmith And Fulham London Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1438 Eligibility for allocation list, reasonable preference and homelessness. After a run of Court of Appeal housing decisions that might be mildly described as disappointing, it is good to see one that is definitely right, albeit apparently reluctantly given. […]