Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 32 (Mar)
Court: Administrative Court

Judge Wilkie sitting as a judge of the High Court

Representation Edward Fitzpatrick (instructed by Edward Duthrie) for the claimant.
  Iain Colvilue (instructed by Philip Jackson) for the authority.
Judgment Dates: 5 March 2002


Housing - Homeless person - Person becoming homeless intentionally - Inquiry into cases of possible homelessness or threatened homelessness - Local authority discharging statutory duties in relation to one application for accommodation - Local authority receiving second application from same applicant - Applicant claiming change of circumstances - Whether authority obliged to entertain application.

The Case

A local housing authority had acted unreasonably in refusing to consider a second application for housing from an applicant, in circumstances where possession proceedings had been commenced in relation to the property in which she was living, and the fact that the property was subject to overcrowding.

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