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Housing allocation problems

The way that local authorities allocate available social housing has changed dramatically over the past few years and many now impose strict criteria for access to their waiting lists. Some local authorities also look at whether someone allocated social housing in the past should still be entitled to that housing if their circumstances have changed.

Occasionally a person or family may be denied access to the waiting list or denied the priority on the list that they are entitled to.  This can happen for a number of reasons, including:

  • where they have been given the wrong priority because their medical needs have not been properly assessed; or
  • where they have been excluded because they do not appear to meet the local authority’s residence or behaviour requirements.

Our solicitors can advise you on your legal rights, and if appropriate we can help you challenge decisions that appear to be contrary to your local authority’s scheme or which are wrong in law.

Funding the cost of legal advice

Legal Aid is not normally available for housing allocations advice or disputes. However it can be available where your circumstances mean that you could be considered to be homeless or, where you seek to challenge a decision or the legality of an allocation scheme in the High Court. However, if your case is suitable, we may be able to offer a fixed fee quotation.

Award winning lawyers

The housing law team at Miles & Partners is recognised in the 2023 Legal 500 with the following testimonial:

‘Miles & Partners has a small but dedicated team, which is one of the go-to firms in East London for individuals with housing law issues. The firm’s wider expertise across a range of areas, including family law, community care and mental health, means they are able to consider clients’ situations in the round and advise them on a range of inter-connected issues that might arise.’

Partner Lou Crisfield is also ranked in Band 2 in the Chambers UK 2023 Guide, receiving the following commendations:

She is ‘well known for her strength in social housing law, while also offering complementary expertise in public and community care law. She advises on homelessness applications as well as possession proceedings and housing allocation disputes.

‘She explains to client the options and strategies with a high degree of detail. She carefully explains all possible outcomes so that the client is best informed before making a choice.’

‘Lou Crisfield is brilliant and very passionate about what she does.’

‘She is very good with vulnerable clients, diligent and tenacious.’

Contact us for expert legal advice

If you are involved in a housing allocation dispute, contact us to see how we can help.

Based near Liverpool Street station in East London, we advise people right across London and beyond. We offer a comprehensive service, from initial advice to representation at court. The housing team is a member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association.

Contact our housing and property lawyers today, we are ready and waiting to help.

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