August 14th, 2023 by James Goudie KC

In R ( Ahamed ) v Haringey LBC ( 2023 ) EWCA Civ 975 the Court of Appeal considers the relationship between Sections 189B and 193 of the Housing Act 1996. At paragraph 46 Newey LJ says that he would not exclude the “ possibility “ of a person being homeless, and so owed the main housing duty, despite having suitable accommodation available for occupation and a reasonable prospect of retaining it for at least 6 months, but that this is not a likely scenario. TYPICALLY the matters rendering the accommodation potentially suitable for at least 6 months will also “ tend to make “ it such as it would be reasonable to continue to occupy.

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