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09/04/2013

Shelter briefing on private sector discharge

Shelter have produced a briefing on the use of Localism Act powers to place homeless applicants in private sector accommodation, aimed at Local Authorities and Councillors,

Changes in the Localism Act 2011 give local authorities more scope to place homeless households in private rented homes, increasing your options for placements. These powers also provide an opportunity to build stronger links with local landlords and raise the general standards of rented homes in your area.

The briefing is also obviously of interest and potential use to those advising or acting for homeless people, not least as it engages with the alternatives that might avoid a necessity of private sector discharge.

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.

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