Homelessness—the review and appeal procedures
Produced in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers
Homelessness—the review and appeal procedures

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Homelessness—the review and appeal procedures
  • The local authority’s duty
  • The LHA's decision
  • Review of the LHA's decision
  • Suitability of accommodation
  • Review procedure
  • Accommodation pending review
  • ‘Minded to’ letter
  • Final decision
  • Appealing a reviewed decision
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, in collaboration with Public Health England, has produced non-statutory guidance to support landlords with allocating social homes. The guidance contains information on how local authorities and housing associations consider using existing homes that become available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The government makes clear that allocation by local housing authorities continues to be governed by Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and authorities must have regard to statutory guidance. See further: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker—Government guidance and LNB News 28/04/2020 53..

This Practice Note sets out guidance upon the review and appeals procedure which applies once a local housing authority (LHA) has reached a decision under section 184 of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996) regarding the duty it owes to a homeless applicant. This includes a summary of the decisions which can be reviewed, how that review takes place, and guidance upon the appeals procedure which applies in respect of reviewable decisions.

New statutory guidance was issued on 22 February 2018 to coincide with the coming in force of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 on 3 April 2018. This guidance is referred to throughout this Practice Note as the Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities 2018 (2018 Code). It will apply to all applications and reviews requested from 3 April 2018. The older statutory guidance

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