Homelessness and Allocations
Legal Action Group
' ... an indispensable commentary on and guide to a complex and fast-moving area of the law: a must-have for academics, specialist practitioners and busy local government officers alike.' Solicitors Journal
Since publication of the first edition 36 years ago, Homelessness and Allocations has established itself as the definitive guide to the rights of the homeless. It combines an unrivalled historical overview with a clear, concise and user-friendly approach to this complex area of law.

Homelessness and Allocations was first published after the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977 brought new duties towards the homeless into force, since when it has recorded and analysed development of this area of the law, while Andrew Arden himself has contributed to, and helped to shape, its development acting in cases up to and including the highest courts from the earliest days of the new law to the present time.
The eleventh edition has been fully updated to include the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 in force and provides coverage of the separate development of homelessness law in Wales under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 Part 2 and of the new Care Act 2014 regime.
It covers significant new cases, including the first raft of post-Hotak appeals on vulnerability, the impact of ECHR Article 2 of the First Protocol (right to education) on out-of-area placements, the applicability of the Newham/Lewisham eviction cases to section 193 accommodation, when an authority is entitled to re-open its own decision, and intentional homelessness.
This edition includes the 2018 Homelessness Code of Guidance and new Local Authority Agreement, the updated guidance on provision of accommodation for 16- and 17-year old young persons who may be homeless, the new Review Regulations and national eligibility frameworks.
Contents include:
The policy of the provisions
The provisions in outline
Priority need
Intentional homelessness
Local connection
Protection of property
Homelessness decisions
Discharge of duties
Other statutory provisions
Strategy, practice, aid and advice
Criminal offences

Appendices include the key English legislative provisions in consolidated form and principal guidance. Chapter 12 includes a useful set of precedents for practitioners.

Homelessness and Allocations is essential reading for housing lawyers and advisers, local authority housing and homelessness officers and housing associations seeking authoritative, accurate and accessible guidance on local authority duties and the rights of the homeless.

About the author

Description: Andrew Arden QC
Andrew Arden QC was chair of the JUSTICE working party into the resolution of housing disputes, which proposed the HDS. He is former head of Arden...