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Homelessness and local connection

LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers, consider the issues around homelessness and local connection.

News headlines

May 09, 2018

Bevan Brittan strengthens housing team with senior associate hire

Law firm Bevan Brittan has bolstered its housing team with the appointment of Sarah Greenhalgh as a senior associate.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.
Apr 12, 2018

Council rapped after homeless family left to live in hotel rooms for three years

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has sharply criticised a city council after a family, including children with disabilities, shared a single hotel room for more than three years because the local authority did not treat their housing…
Apr 09, 2018

Councils “threatening to take children of undocumented parents into care”: claim

When faced with undocumented families in desperate need, local authorities are often only offering accommodation to children – “effectively threatening to take them into care if an undocumented parent asks social services for support”, human rights…
Apr 04, 2018

County council to act as guarantor for care leavers when renting

Kent County Council is set to operate a pilot scheme under which it would act as guarantor for care leavers who rent a home and pay a landlord.

Features and analysis

Homelessness and academic appeals

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The Court of Appeal has reiterated in the context of homelessness appeals that the discretion to allow an academic appeal to proceed where it raises a point of law of general importance is to be exercised exceptionally, writes Stephanie Lovegrove.

Assisting the homeless

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LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Row, look at how local authorities from 3 April are expected to assist the homeless.

The big court or the home court?

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The Court of Appeal has decided that interim relief can only be sought via s.204A Housing Act 1996 if the s.204 appeal is challenging a review decision rather than the original decision. Michael Paget and Zoë Whittington report.

Proving an error of law

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Elizabeth England discusses a recent Court of Appeal case that reminds us who has the burden of proving an error of law in homelessness appeals under Part VII Housing Act 1996.

Older articles

Mar 26, 2018

High Court judge rules council unlawfully failed to rehouse family

Disagreements between housing officers and social workers led the London Borough of Haringey to unlawfully fail to rehouse a family, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mar 15, 2018

Council criticised for placing homeless woman in ‘squalid’ accommodation

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a district council for leaving an older woman in temporary accommodation that was “at best shabby, dirty and in disrepair”.
Mar 08, 2018

Orders for possession and s.11 CA

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a breach of s. 11 Children Act 2004 does not necessarily preclude orders for possession. Andy Lane and Tara O'Leary set out the lessons to be learned from the judgment.
Mar 08, 2018

Children of secure tenants

Mathew McDermott discusses a potentially very important judgment which looked at whether it is fair to treat the children of secure tenants differently for the purpose of succession depending upon how their deceased parent became the tenant.
Mar 07, 2018

Supreme Court to hear case on intentional homelessness and rent shortfalls

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in a key case on intentional homelessness, housing benefit and subsistence benefits.
Mar 01, 2018

Landlords warned over blanket ban on applications from people on benefits

Lettings agents and landlords have been warned that they may be breaking the law if they refuse on a blanket basis to consider potential tenants simply because they are on benefits.
Feb 28, 2018

LGA consults on amendments to guidelines on referrals of homeless applicants

The Local Government Association is consulting with local housing authorities on draft amendments to the voluntary guidelines on the procedure for referrals of homeless applicants to another local authority, and for invoking the disputes procedure.
Feb 23, 2018

More public bodies to be under duty to make referrals to housing authorities

Prisons, probation services, Jobcentres and NHS Trusts will be among the organisations that for the first time have a duty to refer persons at risk of becoming homeless to a housing authority, the Government has said.
Feb 23, 2018

LGA calls for minimum £30k fine for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector, the Local Government Association has said.
Feb 16, 2018

When is a breach of tenancy “relevant”?

The High Court has considered the proper interpretation of s7 Housing Act 1988 in a recent appeal. Jane Talbot analyses the ruling.
Feb 09, 2018

Duty bound

Alexander Campbell of Arden Chambers discusses on LexisPSL Local Government the interplay between housing duties and children’s services duties.
Jan 26, 2018

What is a bedroom?

A recent Upper Tribunal ruling on assessment of bedrooms could have a significant impact on stretched local housing authorities, writes Zishaan Saleem.
Jan 19, 2018

Selective licensing and company directors

Alice Richardson examines a case where the director of a property management company fined for a failure to license a property, was prosecuted personally.
Jan 18, 2018

High Court judge orders re-trial of possession claim brought by housing association

A High Court judge has allowed a housing association’s appeal against the dismissal of a claim for possession and ordered the action to be remitted to be retried.
Jan 10, 2018

DCLG rebranded as Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government is to be renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), it has been announced.
Jan 10, 2018

High Court judge criticises “very serious defects” in housing decision letter

A decision letter sent by the London Borough of Hillingdon to an applicant for housing “suffers from very serious defects”, Nicklin J has said in the High Court.
Dec 15, 2017

Ombudsman finds fault in seven out of ten homelessness complaints

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found fault in 70% of complaints about homelessness it investigated in detail in 2016/17.
Dec 14, 2017

Government policy on rough sleeping by EEA nationals unlawful: High Court

The Government’s policy of treating rough sleeping by EEA nationals as an abuse of EU treaty rights, rendering the individuals liable to removal if proportionate to do so, is unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
Dec 08, 2017

Norton your nelly!

The Court of Appeal has rejected a starter tenant's policy-breach complaints. Dean Underwood explains why.
Dec 04, 2017

Family with no recourse to public funds wins judicial review battle with council

Milton Keynes Council failed to properly consider an application for help with housing by a family without recourse to public funds.

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