Devenport v Salford City Council: CA 1983

A possession order was made because of the misconduct of the tenants and their children. The council made a finding of intentional homelessness, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Held: For the purposes of the homelessness legislation, ‘deliberately’ governs only the act or omission and not the homelessness.


Fox LJ and Waller LJ


(1983) 8 HLR 54


England and Wales


ApprovedRegina v Thanet District Council, ex parte Reeve QBD 1981
A woman had been dismissed from employment for deliberate misconduct and had lost her tied accommodation. The council concluded that she had become intentionally homeless because she must have known that the consequence of her misconduct could be . .

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CitedRegina v London Borough of Hounslow ex parte R Admn 19-Feb-1997
The Applicant was 65 years old, with a history of criminal offences including serious sexual assaults on children. On release from prison, he presented himself as homeless. After his imprisonment, he had realised that he would be unable to keep up . .
ApprovedRegina v London Borough of Hammersmith, ex parte P QBD 1989
The applicants were members of six homeless families who had occupied accommodation in Northern Ireland. The council concluded that members of each household except one had been guilty of criminal and anti-social behaviour, as a result of which the . .
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Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.181072