The housing law department at Osbornes Law were successful in helping an Iranian refugee after he was made homeless in 2017.The case has now been featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Legal Action Update.
Our client sought refuge in the UK in 2015 after being imprisoned and tortured in Iran and was granted indefinite leave to remain in 2016.
Following the end of his National Asylum Support Service (NASS) accommodation our client moved in with this brother and his family in a one bedroom property.
In January 2017 he was asked to the property by his brother and applied to the council for homelessness assistance.
The medical evidence showed that the trauma he had endured in Iran led to him suffering from severe depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, urinary incontinence, a limited ability to walk, cervical pain and lower back pain.
The council however concluded that he did not have a priority housing need because he was not vulnerable. This decision was upheld on review.
The County Court at Central London, in an unusual move varied the decision to find that our client was vulnerable and therefore did have a priority housing need.
The Court found that the council had applied the wrong test to the issue of vulnerability. and stated that on proper assessment of the evidence, the only conclusion the council could find was that our client was vulnerable.
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