Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Housing – Homeless person. The appellant had rejected an offer of permanent accommodation made by the respondent local authority, at which points its housing duty to her was discharged. The reviewing officer confirmed the decision and the appeal to the county court was dismissed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that the reviewing officer had been entitled to find that there was no medical evidence that a property of its type would have the consequence that the appellant's mental health would be so affected by it as to make it reasonable for her to refuse to accept it in all the circumstances of the case. Further, the officer had conscientiously recognised the public sector equality duty and had been at pains to acquire all information relevant for that purpose.

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