Time, distance & suitability

Begum v Tower Hamlets LBC. County Court at Central London. 1 December 2015 Thanks to the Housing: Recent Developments in the September 2016 edition of Legal Action for the note of this case. This was a s.204 appeal of a s.202 review of suitability of temporary accommodation. Tower Hamlets owed Ms B, and her four […]

Homeless eligibility amends and deposit discretions

The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have (finally) been made to come into force on 30 October 2016. These sort out the anomaly highlighted in Romans v Southwark LBC and SSDCLG and Alabi v SSDCLG about those with leave to remain granted under Appendix FM. Their eligibility for housing and homeless […]

Vulnerability, ‘significantly’ and equality duties

S Butt v London Borough of Hackney. County Court at Central London. 22 February 2016 (PDF of judgment) This was another in a number of county court judgments on section 204 Housing Act 1996 appeals which turned on the question of vulnerability after the Supreme Court decision in Hotak. (Others are here and here). In […]

Right to be Forgotten?

When does temporary accommodation become settled so as to break the chain of causation of intentional homelessness? The appeal in Huda v LB Redbridge [2016] EWCA Civ 709 concerned a homeless applicant and his family, who were effectively forgotten about by the council following a final decision on their application. Mr H had applied to […]

Circumstances and consequences. Accommodation pending appeal.

Our thanks to Garden Court chambers and Justine Compton for their note of this case. Where a homeless application has requested a s.202 review of the local authority’s decision on duty, the authority has a power, but not an obligation to provide temporary accommodation. The same is true for accommodation pending appeal. The local authority […]

A compendium of vulnerability cases

Following on from our post on Mohammed v Southwark LBC, here are notes on a further three appeals to the County Court under section 204 Housing Act 1996, all related to decisions on priority need (or lack of it) through vulnerability. Ward v LB Haringey. County Court at Central London. 22 Feb 2016 (not available […]

Weekend Miscellaneous

Various bits and pieces on subletting and homelessness. (Edited 15 September 2016 This post originally went into detail about an article on Property 118 setting out a Rent to Rent arrangement where the rent to rent tenant would have an assured shorthold tenancy with a ‘deed of assurance’ . The article author has acknowledged that […]

Perversity in Brent

Our thanks to Garden Court Chambers, Hackney Law Centre and Liz Davies for their note of this case. Cieicierska v Brent LBC. Central London County Court, 5 September 2016. Ms C, a single parent with 3 children, was owed the full housing duty by Brent and was in temporary accommodation. Brent made a final offer of […]

What do points mean? (No prizes)

Woolfe, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Islington [2016] EWHC 1907 (Admin) Another allocation judicial review, related, but perhaps distinct from the line of ‘reasonable preference’ cases we have previously seen. The issue, in part, Islington’s use of a ‘points threshold’ for allowing bidding for properties, though not for qualification to the […]

Vulnerability after Hotak/Johnson/Kanu

I strongly suspect that at some point in the next year we will get at least one Court of Appeal case on the meaning of ‘vulnerability’ in homeless priority decisions after the Supreme Court decision in Hotak v Southwark LBC [2015] UKSC 30  (our note). In the meantime, thanks to the July/August Legal Action Housing: […]