The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Rahanara Begum: CA 11 Feb 2005

The applicant sought housing as a homeless person. Temporary accommodation was provided, and an offer of permanent accommodation was made but rejected. The council then sought possession of the temporary accommodation. The applicant responded that she had not been given notice as required of the authority’s decision as to the consequences of her refusal. The authority appealed.
Held: The authority’s letter had not stated that it was the authority’s opinion that the offer had been reasonable, nor that the authority would consider this an end to their duty to house her. However the letter did say that the authority’s duty would end if she did not accept the offer, and the authority did then give notice to say so directly. Appeal allowed.


Lord Justice Ward, Lord Justice Tuckey


[2005] EWCA Civ 116, Times 22-Feb-2005




Housing Act 1996 193


England and Wales


CitedWarsame and Warsame v London Borough of Hounslow CA 25-Jun-1999
The appellants refused the authority’s offer of accommodation under Part VI of the 1996 Act, saying it was not suitable. After the authority had informed them that if they did not accept the offer, the authority’s duty to house them would cease, . .

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CitedSlater v London Borough of Lewisham CA 12-Apr-2006
The applicant was heavily pregnant when she was offered a first floor one bedroomed flat. She rejected it.
Held: When a housing authority reviewed its decision on the applicant’s decision not to accept the accommodation offered, that review . .
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Updated: 29 June 2022; Ref: scu.222956