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Shahn Slater v Lewisham London Borough Council [2006] EWCA Civ 394

In considering whether or not it was reasonable under s 193(7F) of the Housing Act 1996 for an applicant to refuse an offer of accommodation which had been found by the housing authority to be suitable, the decision-maker had to have regard to all the personal characteristics of the applicant and take account of those subjective factors before determining whether it was objectively reasonable for the applicant to reject the accommodation.

28 April 2006

The appellant local housing authority appealed against the decision that it was not reasonable for the respondent (S) to accept certain accommodation offered to her as a homeless person. S had two small children. She had separated from their father (F). After the birth of the second child she had asked the local housing authority to rehouse her because her one-bedroom flat was too small. The authority had offered her accommodation in the area of New Cross. S rejected it on the basis that it was not close to her family and friends and because F frequented the New Cross area and she was afraid of him. The local authority reviewed the decision and re-offered the property to S on the basis that she had been unable to substantiate her claim that F lived in the area. S appealed to the county court. In the meantime F had broken into her flat and S had obtained an injunction restraining him from entering her flat or threatening her with violence. The appeal was withdrawn and the authority c...

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