Accommodation pending review – getting it wrong at s.189B stage

R (on the application of Laryea) v London Borough of Ealing (2019) QBD (Admin) 29/08/2019 (Not on Bailli, note of extempore judgment on Lawtel) Mr L was homeless and suffered from epilepsy and PTSD. He had applied to Ealing as homeless. He was placed in temporary accommodation and Ealing accepted he was in priority need, […]

Dishonourable discharge

SH, R (on the application of) v The London Borough of Waltham Forest (2019) EWHC 2618 (Admin) This was a judicial review of Waltham Forest’s decision that it had discharged its s.193 Housing Act 1996 duty (the full homeless duty) to Ms SH by an offer of private sector accommodation under s.193(7AA). In fact, WF maintained […]

Equality and Homeless Appeals

Adesotu v Lewisham London Borough Council (2019) EWCA Civ 1405 We first saw this case as a county court appeal (our note here) where the central issue was whether Equality Act 2010 issues could be raised and decided within a section 204 Housing Act 1996 homelessness appeal. HHJ Luba QC held that they could not, […]

Reasonable Expenses and intentional homelessness

Samuels v Birmingham City Council (2019) UKSC 28 The Supreme Court, finally, has delivered its judgment on the issue of the assessment of ‘reasonable expenses’ when considering the affordability of rent in homelessness decisions. In this case, where Ms Samuels was evicted for rent rent arrears and Birmingham CC had found her intentionally homeless, despite a […]

The wrong doctors

R(Al-Ali) v Brent LBC (2018) EWHC 3634 (Admin) (not on Bailii. We have seen a judgment and it is also reported in March 2019 Legal Action Housing: recent developments). There is, I think little of legal significance in this judicial review permission decision, but there are some helpful hints for anyone thinking of fabricating evidence. […]

Homelessness – capacity to apply

R(Uddin) v Southwark LBC (2019) EQHC 180 (Admin) (Not on Bailii. We’ve seen a copy of the judgment. Also reported in the March 2019 Legal Action Housing: recent developments). Mr U is a single man. In May 2018, he was assaulted and suffered a serious brain injury. In October 2018, the hospital assessed him as […]

Ending duties after the HRA

R (OAO Harris) v London Borough of Islington. High Court (Admin) CO/1282/2019 (unreported, settled March 2019.). This is a settled judicial review, I’ve seen the grounds, interim order and final consent order. It raises a number of issues about the performance of the new Housing Act 1996 Part VII duties as amended by the Homelessness […]

The worst Part VII homeless decision ever?

There are bad homeless decisions by local authorities. We’ve all seen them. Findings of intentional homelessness for being evicted for complaining about a broken shower, or being evicted for getting pregnant in an HMO that didn’t allow children. Decisions that stated that being sexually assaulted was just one of those things that happened to homeless […]