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Hajjaj –v- The City of Westminster & Akhter –v- LB of Waltham Forest

Tuesday 26th  October 2021

Hajjaj -Mr Hajjaj (the Applicant, A) appeals the order of Recorder Cohen QC dated 4 March 2021 sitting in Central London County Court (1) dismissing A’s appeal against the Respondent housing authority’s (R) review decision dated 23 September 2020 and (2)  confirming the review decision. He also made consequential costs orders.

The review decision found that the property in question offered to A of ” private rented sector offer” (PRSO)  accommodation was suitable accommodation in final discharge of their duty under s193 HA.

Issue of construction on what constitutes a “PRSO” for the purposes of s193 (7F) HA and the approach to be taken to Article 3 of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012

Akhter – Ms Akther the Applicant, (A) appeals the order of HHJ Gerald dated 22 March 2021 sitting in Central London County Court, dismissing A’s appeal against the Respondent local authority’s (R) review decision dated 12 October 2020 and making a consequential costs order.

The review decision decided that a property being a private rented sector offer (PRSO) of accommodation outside R’s district, was suitable accommodation and A’s refusal of that offer finally discharged R’s duty  under s193 HA & Part 7 HA.

Issues (1) what constitutes a PRSO for the purposes of s193 (7F) HA (2) how an authority discharges their duty under s208 HA when placing an applicant in accommodation out of district.

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Part 1

Part 2