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Kensington & Chelsea Royal London Borough Council v Danesh

The word ‘violence’ referred to in s 198 of the Housing Act 1996 meant actual physical violence and not acts or gestures.

13 October 2006

The appellant housing authority appealed against the decision of a county court judge quashing its decision to refer an application by the respondent (D) for accommodation to another housing authority. D and his family had arrived in the UK and were housed in Swansea while their asylum claims were being determined. D was granted indefinite leave to remain and became eligible for assistance and housing under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996. Shortly thereafter D moved his family to London and stayed overnight with a friend. The next day he applied to the appellant housing authority for assistance under the homelessness provisions. The housing authority decided that D had a local connection with Swansea pursuant to s 184 of the Act by virtue of his previous residence there; that he had no local connection with it; that the conditions for referral were met and that it proposed to refer his case to the Swansea authority. A review decision by the housing authority upheld its original dec...

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