Homeless

Homelessness Appeals and Costs

This is a brief note on a recent High Court appeal dealing with the issue of costs on withdrawn s.204 appeals (Unichi v LB Southwark 16/10/13-from a Lawtel summary, not on Bailii). The Local Authority discharged its duty towards Ms U under...

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Better Late than Never?

Peake v LB Hackney [not yet on Bailii] is another cautionary tale about the importance of lodging statutory homelessness appeals within the 21 day limit. Ms P was found intentionally homeless by the Council following the surrender of a tenancy of...

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No more than a statistic

There have been a number of priority need cases in the Court of Appeal recently and Johnson v Solihull MBC, June 6, 2013, unreported [from a lawtel note] is another one. Mr Johnson was 37 years old. He was a heroin addict, suffered from depression...

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Out of Area Placements

Shelter has recently issued its 2012 statistics of homeless households who were temporarily accommodated outside London. 31 London councils provided data, which have revealed that out of 11513 households, 120 (or 1%) were accommodated more than 20...

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Too soon?

Unusually, this is a published Judicial Review permission decision. Further, Anthony Thornton QC J has 'certified that this judgment may be cited and referred to in other cases or situations. This direction is made pursuant to paragraph 6.1 of the...

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Priority need

Hotak v Southwark LBC [2013] EWCA Civ 515 concerned a short point on whether an authority was entitled to have regard to the assistance that a homeless person would receive, in the event he became homeless, when determining whether he was...

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In the teeth of it …

In El-Dinnaoui v Westminster CC [2013] EWCA Civ 231, the Court of Appeal found that the offer of a flat on the 16th floor of a block to a household which contained a person with fear of heights was perverse.  The offer of accommodation was "in the...

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