Suitability and s.193 accommodation

Anon v LB Lewisham, Central London County Court, 5 July 2018 (Transcript of Judgment here) This was a s.204 appeal of a s.202 review on suitability of temporary accommodation provided to the appellant by Lewisham. This was originally temporary accommodation provided under s.188 Housing Act 1996, but following Lewisham accepting the full housing duty, it […]

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 […]

Care orders and accommodation pending appeal

Our post on Nzolameso v City of Westminster [2015] UKSC 22 is here, but behind the headlines of the judgment (and it is a good judgment) is a whole history, even between the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court hearings. R(N) v Westminster City Council [2015] EWHC 799 (Admin) (26 February 2015) [Not on Bailii, we’ve […]

Babes out of the Forest

The out of borough temporary accommodation position continues to get worse, with increasing numbers of homeless shipped out of borough (and for London councils, often out of London). London Councils (pace Nzolameso v Westminster CC ) have put the DCLG ‘Supplementary Guidance on the homelessness changes in the Localism Act 2011 and on the Homelessness […]

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 […]

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 miles from the capital. I think I can safely predict, given the imminent London-wide housing benefit cap, that […]

Residing together, apart.

Sharif v The London Borough of Camden [2013] UKSC 10 Does accommodation available for occupation by a person and those reasonably expected to reside with them have to be in one unit of accommodation? In this case, the Court of Appeal had said yes (our report here), rejecting Camden’s argument that two separate flats on […]

Suitability. On expired beds and shared bathrooms

Just how bad and inappropriate does temporary accommodation have to be to be unsuitable?  There is an interesting post by David Thomas on the Anthony Gold ‘Housing and Public Law’ blog about a settled Judicial Review that highlights this issue. The challenge was to the suitability of temporary accommodation provided as interim accommodation and then provided after acceptance […]

Private Sector Accommodation and Part 7

Hanton-Rhouila v Westminster City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1334 This was a second appeal from a s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeal which had been dismissed by a Circuit Judge. Mrs Rhoulia had applied as homeless to Westminster and the appeal was of Westminster’s rejection of her application on the grounds that she was not homeless. […]

Gatekeeping and an absence of records

Local Government Ombudsman’s decision:  London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (09 001 262) ‘Ms Kenza’ (not her real name) approached LB Hammersmith and Fulham as homeless when she had to leave her private rented home following an incident of domestic violence. She was 8 months pregnant. Hammersmith did not place her in temporary accommodation pending […]