What's new on Shelter Legal

The pages on Shelter Legal are updated regularly to reflect changes in the law.

This page lists the most recent updates to Shelter Legal.

  • Multiple, repeat and withdrawn homeless applications

    3 March 2022

    When a person makes a repeat homelessness application, a local authority must first consider whether the application reveals any new facts that are not trivial or fanciful. If there are new facts, the local authority can then investigate the accuracy of the alleged new facts as part of their inquiries into whether a duty is owed to the applicant. In Minott v Cambridge City Council [2022] EWCA Civ 159 the Court of Appeal held that the local authority had wrongly conflated the two steps.

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  • When main housing duty ends

    1 March 2022

    A local authority must be satisfied that a scenario applies to bring the main housing duty to an end. The applicant has a right to request a review of the authority's decision to end the main duty. This page has been updated in response to feedback.

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  • Accommodation standards and costs for homelessness accommodation

    23 February 2022

    In Paley v London Borough of Waltham Forest [2022] EWCA Civ 112, the Court of Appeal ruled that local authorities must consider an applicant's actual reasonable expenditure when assessing whether an offer of accommodation under a homelessness duty is affordable for the applicant.

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