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High Court gives 12 weeks to London local authority to find suitable accommodation for a family in priority need (Miah v London Borough of Newham)

High Court gives 12 weeks to London local authority to find suitable accommodation for a family in priority need (Miah v London Borough of Newham)
Published on: 03 March 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • High Court gives 12 weeks to London local authority to find suitable accommodation for a family in priority need (Miah v London Borough of Newham)
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Local Government analysis: Linden J has provided a much-needed answer to a question of homelessness law which has been unclear for several years. Although his answer almost certainly will be the subject of an appeal, he has found that when a local authority finds someone to be in priority need and yet in unsuitable accommodation, they are under an immediate duty to find that person suitable accommodation. There is no ‘reasonable time’ grace period, although account can be taken of issues of housing supply and scarcity of resources in deciding what order to make as a result of any such breach of duty. Written by Adam Heppinstall, counsel, at Henderson Chambers. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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