*Nzolameso v Westminster City Council

Housing – Homeless person. The appellant became homeless after having become unable to afford the rent on her property in Westminster. The respondent local authority offered the appellant temporary accommodation in Bletchley, which the appellant refused. Consequently, the respondent ceased to provide accommodation for the appellant. The county court dismissed the appellant's appeal. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that the authority had not breached its obligations under s 208 of the Housing Act 1996 and the decision had not been unlawful. The Supreme Court allowed the appeal, deciding that the authority could not show that its offer of the property in Bletchley had been sufficient to discharge its legal obligations under the Act.

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