Unsuitable Housing in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Awua v Brent London Borough Council
    • House of Lords
    • 06 Jul 1995

    I would therefore hold that the duty of the local housing authority to an unintentionally homeless person in priority need under section 65(2) is simply to secure that accommodation becomes available for his occupation. If the tenure is so precarious that the person is likely to have to leave within 28 days without any alternative accommodation being available, then he remains threatened with homelessness and the council has not discharged its duty.

  • Quick v Taff Ely Borough Council
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 29 Jul 1985

    As a matter of the ordinary usage of English that which requires repair is in a condition worse than it was at some earlier time.

  • R (Aweys and Others) v Birmingham City Council
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 26 Ene 2007

    In the vast majority of cases, the making of the application will mean that it is difficult if not impossible for the Council not to believe that the applicant may be homeless or threatened with homelessness. If it is apparent from what is said by an applicant (for there is no requirement that an application be in writing) or from anything in writing that he may be homeless or threatened with homelessness, the duty is triggered.

  • Andrews v Schooling
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 21 Mar 1991

    Thus, supposing that the owner of a plot of land instructs a builder to erect a dwelling-house on a plot. The builder erects the house but fails to include a damp course. I cannot conceive that Parliament could have intended that in those circumstances the builder would be free from any duty under sub-section (1). And what, I ask forensically, in those circumstances would be the need for the exception (and the exception to the exception) under sub-section (2)?

  • R (Hossack) v Kettering BC and Another
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 31 Jul 2003

    In deciding whether the use in this case of each of the Properties is by the residents living together as a "single household" for the purposes of the 1987 Order, it is critical to examine whether (in the language of Nourse LJ) there is such relationship between the residents as provides a particular reason for their living in the same house. In my view there is lacking such a relationship in the case of the residents of the Properties.

  • R Lindsay v London Borough of Lambeth
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 23 Jul 2002

    This can be encapsulated in the requirement that the scheme in question has a mechanism for identifying those with the greatest need and ensuring that so far as possible and subject to reasonable countervailing factors (for example, past failure to pay rent et cetera) they are given priority.

  • Bole and another v Huntsbuild Ltd and another
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Oct 2009

    It is perhaps understandable that he used the phrase “unfit for purpose” in the light of paragraph 34 of the Law Commission report. I cannot, however, accept that there is any material error here. In my view, it is clear that the judge meant that defects which render a dwelling unfit for its purpose, are defects which render it unfit for habitation. The obvious purpose of a dwelling is for it to be occupied and inhabited safely and without inconvenience.

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Legislation
  • Housing Act 2004
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2004
    ......sleeping accommodation at any one time; or. . . (b) that the local housing authority consider that the room is. unsuitable to be occupied as sleeping accommodation. . (2) An overcrowding notice may specify special maxima applicable. where some or all of the persons ......
  • Housing Act 1985
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1985
    ......authority— .   . ( a . ) to refuse to register or to vary the registration of a house. on the ground that the house is unsuitable and incapable. of being made suitable for such occupation as. would be permitted by virtue of the registration or. variation;. .   . ( b . ) to ......
  • The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) (Modification and Revocation) (Coronavirus) Amendment Order 2021
    • Scotland
    • 1 de Enero de 2021
    .... SCOTTISH STATUTORY INSTRUMENT. 2021 No. 222 . Housing. The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) (Modification and Revocation) (Coronavirus) Amendment Order 2021. Made 26th May 2021. ......
  • The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2017
    • Scotland
    • 1 de Enero de 2017
    .... SCOTTISH STATUTORY INSTRUMENT. 2017 No. 273 . Housing. The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2017. Made 29th August 2017. Laid before the Scottish Parliament 31th ......
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Editorial
    • Núm. 24-2, Mayo 2020
    • Mental Health and Social Inclusion
    • 61-66
    ...... that health inequalities arise from a complexinteraction of housing, income, education, employment and social isolation all of which ... healthchallenges are often living in poverty, in unstable and unsuitable housing; have little controlover their lives; have often had ......
  • Editorial
    • Núm. 67-4, Diciembre 2020
    • Probation Journal
    ......Drawing on the findings from their evaluation of a housing accom- modation project to provided supported housing for women at risk of ... find McCann a bed in approved premises and he had ended up in unsuitable housing that did not facilitate close monitoring and management (Grierson, ......
  • Mental health and housing: making the links in policy, research and practice
    • Núm. 4-4, Diciembre 2005
    • Journal of Public Mental Health
    • 21-28
    This article documents policy developments at local and national level in England that reflect a growing recognition of the role of housing and the built environment in promoting and maintaining me...
    ......High-rise accommodation in particular is often identified byusers – and particularly by carers – as unsuitable, yetpressure on housing stock means that often this is allthat is available ●younger adults, particularly in rural areas, will often‘sofa ......
  • Editorial
    • Núm. 5-2, Junio 1972
    • Journal of Criminology (formerly Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology)
    ...... prisons are old, out-of-date build- ings, sometimes quite unsuitable for the housing of any human being, and while it is true that there is ......
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Repurposing The High Street For Later Living
    • Mondaq UK
    .... It is estimated that every year, unsuitable housing costs the. NHS '1.4 billion. Issues with cold, damp and hazards ......
  • How Can The Housing With Care Sector Achieve Its Potential? (Video)
    • Mondaq UK
    ......homes for longer, which can be great if it goes well but obviously. there can also be problems. . Both in terms of people staying in unsuitable housing.  For. example, the Centre for Aging Better has done really good reports. on that.  The number of older people who are still living in. ......
  • Royal Academy Of Engineers Publishes Report On The Sustainability Of Biofuels
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    On July 14, 2017, the Royal Academy of Engineering (Academy) published a report on the sustainability pros and cons of biofuels, which was commissioned by the Department of Transport and the Depart...
    ......, and to incentivize the use of marginal land, such as land unsuitable for food production or housing, for the production of biofuels.  The ......
  • Office To Residential - The New Permitted Development Rights
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    ...... of commercial premises will be outweighed by the benefit of new housing units, additional construction output and jobs. The Reaction. Many ... have been raised about the prospect of housing people in unsuitable accommodation and conflicts of land uses where residential property is ......
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