A question of authority – settled accommodation

Well now. I’m not sure what to make of this. The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in Doka v London Borough of Southwark. But… Doka v Southwark concerned what could amount to ‘settled accommodation’ for homelessness matters, and specifically for ‘breaking the chain’ of intentional homelessness. Our report on the Court of Appeal decision in Doka v London Borough of Southwark (2017) EWCA Civ 1532 is here. My comment to that judgment said: This is, with all due respect, a very poor decision. The simple fact of assured shorthold tenancies is that no tenant can have any ‘real prospect’ of occupation for longer than the fixed term. And add to that that private sector discharge of full housing duty requires only a two year fixed term. (And the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 will only require a 6 month tenancy for avoiding being ‘threatened with homelessness’.) The Court of Appeal here sets a frankly…

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