High Court stops council’s homelessness policy

  • The High Court have ruled that a London council’s homelessness policy which attempts to bar homeless people from bidding for housing for a year is unlawful. paytherent.jpg

    Westminster City Council has heard that their housing policy suspending homeless people from bidding for social housing until a year after their homelessness acceptance is unlawful, reports Inside Housing.

    This case came to light following a person being offered temporary accommodation in July 2014, however also being told they were unable to bid for social housing for a year.

    Jan Luba QC of Garden Court Chambers said the case showed “how valuable a tool judicial review can be in ensuring that the rule of law prevails and that the courts will expect public bodies to comply with legal requirements however pressing the demands on their limited resources”.

    Jayesh Kunwardia, Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, said: “This landmark ruling makes it abundantly clear that homeless people have the right to bid for social housing from the time they secure a full housing duty from a local authority rather than being suspended for one year.”

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