You are homeless because you are in shared accommodation so here’s another shared accommodation!?!

20 Nov 2020 | William Ford

It is well established that shared facilities are not suitable for families with children as long term accommodation. The client first approached the council in January 2019 for homelessness assistance. After a s.204 appeal earlier this year which was settled they accepted that she was homeless because she was living in shared accommodation. However, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets were insisting that our client move into a bed and breakfast before they provide her suitable accommodation, labelling this as procedure. This did not make sense as the client would be moved to another shared facility. The client is pregnant and has a 1-year-old child. We lodged a judicial review claim on behalf of the client. Shortly after lodging the claim the local authority offered a flat to the client which she accepted. We had to make representations because it was not on the ground floor, the council were previously told that during our client’s pregnancy she has had major back and mobility problems. This would mean she would be unable to get in and out of the flat without risk of injury to herself, her child and unborn child. We reached settlement after the local authority offered a self-contained two bedroom ground floor flat.

Related Services:

Share this article

Contact

Contact us today

For a free initial conversation call 020 7485 8811

Email us Send us an email and we’ll get back to you






    More from WilliamVIEW ALL

    1. 18.2.2022

      High Court decides on uplift to legacy benefits

      Statement on High Court decision on the Government’s failure to apply a £20 uplift to legacy benefits What was the...

      Read more
    2. 5.11.2021

      Council overturns unlawful housing policy

      Homeless teenager claims victory for more than 1,200 homeless people after forcing council to overturn unlawful housing policy A homeless teenager...

      Read more
    3. shoreditch london
      3.9.2021

      Homeless Teenager takes London Council to High Court

      A homeless teenager is taking a London council to the High Court for ‘unlawfully’ banning hundreds of homeless people from...

      Read more
    4. 19.8.2021

      Housing Disrepair Scandal in South London

      Following an investigation by ITV nearly 500 homes in the Eastfields Estate in Mitcham, south London, owned by the housing association...

      Read more
    5. 29.4.2021

      High Court challenge the denial of benefit increases...

      The High Court is to decide whether it was lawful of the Government not to give nearly 2million people on...

      Read more
    6. 8.4.2021

      Council to amend unlawful housing allocation banding process

      For the last 8 years Brent Council has stopped the majority of homeless applicants from bidding for rehousing, treating them as ‘...

      Read more
    7. 29.1.2021

      What does the national lockdown mean for possession...

      The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to all elements of life, and possession proceedings are no exception. The number of...

      Read more
    8. 23.12.2020

      EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status entitled to benefits...

      Court Judgment means EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status can access benefits and housing On 18 December 2020 the Court of Appeal handed...

      Read more
    9. 22.12.2020

      Young mother secures accommodation after illegal evictions during...

      Here at Osbornes we have seen illegal evictions on the increase during this global pandemic. Osbornes have been advising many...

      Read more
    10. 22.12.2020

      Osbornes applying to Supreme Court in housing possession...

      In the case of Gateway Housing Association –v- Begum (2) the Court of Appeal recently decided that a tenant must leave...

      Read more
    11. london apartments
      22.12.2020

      Housing disrepair issues resolved after three years

      Osbornes were instructed on behalf of a disabled tenant who had been decanted from her temporary accommodation for some three...

      Read more
    12. 22.12.2020

      Eviction from home of vulnerable man during lockdown...

      Osbornes were instructed just before the lockdown to prevent the eviction of a vulnerable man with capacity issues. He had...

      Read more
    13. 24.11.2020

      Is the delay in the Renters Reform Bill...

      There have been issues tenants have faced for a long time before pandemic; namely no fault evictions and the other...

      Read more
    14. 20.11.2020

      Up Up and away to the First Tier...

      This year we assisted in written representations for a welfare benefit case in the Upper Tribunal. This is a Housing...

      Read more
    15. 9.11.2020

      Case Summary: Private Tenant affected by leaks settles...

      Our client had a private sector tenancy for a flat located in a block owned by a local authority. Our...

      Read more
    16. 27.5.2020

      I am vulnerable and homeless but the Council...

      Homelessness law and procedure can be very complicated. We hope this blog gives you some helpful pointers but it is...

      Read more
    17. 4.5.2020

      No recourse to public funds in the time...

      Anyone working in the field of social welfare law will be familiar with the term “no recourse to public funds”....

      Read more
    18. 29.4.2020

      Case news: Housing benefit decision addresses issue of...

      The background You might be forgiven for thinking that the question of whether a course is full time or part...

      Read more
    19. 17.4.2020

      Harassment and Unlawful Evictions of Tenants during COVID-19...

      At these hugely challenging times, I thought it would be helpful to provide some insight for tenants facing harassment and...

      Read more
    20. 31.3.2020

      The Coronavirus Act 2020 and Social Care

      The Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Act”) came into law on 25 March 2020 and passed sweeping emergency legislation that is unprecedented in peacetime....

      Read more
    21. london house
      30.3.2020

      I have a disrepair issue can I withhold...

      Withholding rent is not your best course of action. I see the logic in using the non-payment of rent as...

      Read more
    22. 27.3.2020

      COVID-19 – the impact on landlords of residential properties...

      From the 26th March 2020, landlords will have to give their tenants 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession compared...

      Read more
    23. 26.3.2020

      British child living with her mother in the...

      In AH v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] UKUT 53 (AAC), the claimant and her parents are British citizens. ...

      Read more
    24. 6.11.2019

      Universal Credit Claims and Personal Injury Compensation

      The general rule on entitlement to Universal Credit is that a person is not entitled if they have capital of...

      Read more

    VIEW ALL