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Homeless persons — Whether “homeless intentionally” — Landlord terminating tenancy after applicant defaulting on rent payments — Local housing authority refusing applicant’s application for housing assistance on grounds applicant intentionally homelessness — Whether property affordable and therefore reasonable for applicant to have remained

17 November 2015

- Whether applicant’s income from benefits to be taken into account as income when determining whether rent affordable to applicant — Housing Act 1996, Part VII — Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) Order 1996 (SI 1996/3204), art 2?Samuels v Birmingham City Council?[2015] EWCA Civ 1051;  [2015] WLR (D)  435?CA:  Richards, Floyd, Sales LJJ?

27 October 2015

?For the purposes of a person’s application for housing assistance as a homeless person, where a local authority was determining whether that person’s previous accommodation was affordable for that person and therefore whether it would be, or would have been, reasonable for that person to continue to occupy that accommodation, the local authority was to take into account all forms of the person’s income, including social security benefits of all kinds, and of relevant expenses, so that a judgment was to be made on the basis of income and relevant expen...

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