Tower Hamlets v Begum (Rikha): CA 23 Mar 2005

Neuberger LJ said: ‘ I turn to the text of the letter of 25 January 2002. It referred to the Council ‘making a reasonable and suitable offer of permanent accommodation’, but it made no reference to the opinion that it was or would be reasonable for the respondent to accept the accommodation
On a fair reading, the letter of 25 January 2002 was a proleptic communication as to the Council’s conclusion if 3 Brimsdown House was rejected again …. Further, the section requires the communication to state both that ‘the accommodation was suitable’ for the person concerned, and that ‘it was reasonable for him to accept it’. While I do not suggest that the wording of the communication must slavishly follow those forms of words, it must, in my view, convey both points. I do not think that the 25 January letter quite achieves that: it merely refers to 3 Brimsdown House as amounting to a ‘reasonable and suitable offer of permanent accommodation . . There is an alternative analysis, which was that adopted by the Council, and it is an analysis which is arguably correct, although (for reasons already given) I do not think that it is. That analysis is that the letter of 25 January 2002 was an appropriate notification under section 193(7)(b).’


Pill LJ, Keene LJ, Neuberger LJ


[2005] EWCA Civ 340, [2006] HLR 9, [2005] 1 WLR 2103




Housing Act 1985


England and Wales

Cited by:

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