Foxtons declare war on the homeless

The London Evening Standard has a story which is simultaneously unsurprising yet startling in its blatancy. A landlord had entered an agreement to let the property through CityWest Homes – Westminster Council’s housing entity. This was the private letting arm of CityWest. As I have been informed, in this instance the proposed CityWest tenant would not […]

Corrections, omissions, blusters

Several notes/rantlets* There will be a new prescribed Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession in force from 6 April 2016. The regulations and new form 3 can be found here. This is a prescribed form, so must be used. A ‘where we are now’ story on homelessness involving a certain very central London Council came out […]

Scenes from a disaster

The Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee has begun an enquiry into homelessness. The written submissions from Councils, charities, campaigners, professional organisations and others are a stark illustration of a homeless system that is, at least in some areas, in complete crisis – overwhelmed, unable to cope with rapidly rising demand, let alone provide […]

Is a mere roof enough?

Niema Abdusemed v Lambeth LBC (2016) QBD (Admin) (Ouseley J) 19/02/2016 (Not on Bailli yet. On lawtel as note of extempore judgment). An application for interim relief in a judicial review of Lambeth’s refusal to provide interim accommodation pending review of the claimant’s homeless application, but one that leaves me thinking (or perhaps hoping) that there […]

Failing on systematic failings

Edwards & Ors, R (on the application of) v Birmingham City Council [2016] EWHC 173 (Admin) This was a quite extraordinary judicial review (or rather four joined judicial review claims with another 16 cases put in evidence in support) in which what was in the end at stake was not any remedy for the individual […]

EU ineligibility for housing

Mirga and Samin v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2016] UKSC 1 In Mr Samin’s appeal, the Supreme Court considered the meaning of “a person from abroad who is not eligible for housing assistance” section 185(1) of Housing Act 1996 (as amended). Mr Samin is an EU citizen, who came to […]

Discretion, lip service and s188(3)

Barrett, R (On the Application Of) v City of Westminster Council [2015] EWHC 2515 (Admin) We’re very late with this one for reasons which are no doubt entirely reasonable, but currently escape me. A judicial review of a refusal (or repeated refusal) to provide interim accommodation pending s.202 review. Ms B is 58 years old and is […]

Ealing Comedy

R (on the application of A) v Ealing London Borough Council (2015) QBD (Admin) (Patterson J) 16/12/2015 (Not on Bailii yet, note on lawtel) Back in August, Ealing’s allocation policy was found to be unlawful in HA, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Ealing [2015] EWHC 2375 (Admin) (our note). In fact it was found […]

When to call it a day…

Gitere, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3336 (Admin) The risks of a client deciding to go it alone at the last stage of judicial review proceedings. Mr G is an asylum seeker, awaiting the outcome of his application in 2012. He had been dispersed to […]

Vulnerability after Hotak – first High Court case?

R (on the Application of Omar) v Wandsworth LBC, (2015) QBD (Admin) (Ouseley J) 11/11/2015 (not on Bailii yet, note of extempore judgment on Lawtel). A tantalising lawtel note on what appears to be the first higher court decision on vulnerability after Hotak/Johnson/Kanu. The actual wording of the judgment would be interesting to know. Ms O […]