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 […]

Affordability and intentionality – adding it up

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [ 2015 ] EWCA Civ 1051 A second appeal from a s.204 County Court appeal that addressed the council’s decision-making on whether the property from which Ms Samuels had become homeless was affordable (and thus, whether she was intentionally homeless for failing to pay the full rent). There was a […]

Temporary accommodation at a peppercorn rent

This is a fascinating judicial review case. While the specific facts might only apply to a very few people, there is an interesting principle in it which may have wider application. R (OAO Yekini) v LB Southwark [2014] EWHC 2096 (Admin)  [Not on Bailii yet. I’ve got a transcript] Just to set the scene, Ms […]