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Housing Allocation and Homelessness: Law and Practice 4th edition (with CD-ROM)

An authoritative guide to the legal obligations of local authorities and housing associations in relation to the provision of social housing
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Why you should buy Housing Allocation and Homelessness: Law and Practice

Written by leading specialists in the field, this book is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the legal obligations of local housing authorities and social housing providers in relation to the provision of permanent and temporary housing accommodation, and the rights of those seeking such accommodation.

It provides a uniquely balanced coverage of both the allocation of social housing and homelessness, providing practical guidance on the statutory framework and how the legislation works.

Housing Allocation and Homelessness: Law and Practice is a comprehensive resource for all housing options advisers, homelessness officers, housing staff working for local housing authorities and social housing providers on allocations and lettings, housing lawyers, and all those advising on homelessness and housing allocation.

The fourth edition has been substantially revised and includes:

  • a comprehensive account of the new law in Wales: Housing (Wales) Act 2014, Part 2. All housing advisers, homelessness officers and lawyers dealing with applications for homelessness assistance to local housing authorities in Wales need to be familiar with the new law 
  • a review of recent Supreme Court decisions on priority need, intentional homelessness and out-of-borough placements. The Court's decisions are thoroughly explained and analysed 
  • a full discussion of the impact of the Localism Act 2011 changes for local housing authorities in England in respect of allocation of social housing and homelessness

Supporting materials, including legislation (in consolidated form) and codes of guidance are provided as appendices for easy reference. These - plus additional materials such as the Welsh Code of Guidance - are also included on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Preface

In 2012, in the preface to the third edition of this book, Jan Luba QC and Liz Davies wrote ‘there has scarcely been a more depressing time to be writing a book about the topics of homelessness and social housing allocation’. Sadly, the legal and political environment regarding these two topics is even more depressing in early 2016 than it was 4 years ago.

Since 2010, statistics have shown a steep rise in the numbers of people who are seeking help as ‘homeless’, particularly in England. The UK Government’s figures for people making applications for homelessness assistance to local housing authorities in England in the year 2014/2015 show an increase of 26% from 2009/2010. Read the full preface...

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Table of contents

  • Stop Press
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition
  • Biographical Notes
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • Table of European Union Legislation
  • Part I - Allocation
    • Allocation of Social Housing: An Overview
    • Information, Applications and Decision-Making in Respect of Social
      Housing Allocation
    • Eligibility and Qualification for Allocation
    • Allocation Schemes
    • Being Allocated a Property
    • Lettings by Social Landlords (other than Local Housing Authorities)
  • Part II - Homelessness
    • Local Housing Authorities’ Homelessness Reviews and Strategies
    • Homelessness Prevention
    • Advisory Services and Applications for Homelessness Assistance
    • Inquiries and Decisions
    • Homeless or Threatened with Homelessness
    • Eligibility for Assistance
    • Priority Need
    • Becoming Homeless Intentionally
    • Referral Between Local Housing Authorities
    • Interim Accommodation – Duties and Powers
    • Duties and Powers on Local Housing Authorities in England to Assist
      the Homeless
    • Duties to Assist the Homeless on Local Housing Authorities in Wales
    • Suitability of Accommodation
    • Reviewing and Appealing Homelessness Decisions
    • Other Help with Accommodation from Local Authorities
    • Contracting out of Homelessness and Allocation Functions
  • Appendices
  • Index
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