R (on the application of Alemi) v Westminster City Council

Housing – Homeless person. The claimant challenged the defendant local housing authority's housing allocation scheme on the basis that it unlawfully suspended an applicant's ability to bid for social housing until 12 months had elapsed following acceptance as an unintentionally homeless eligible person in priority need. The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, held that the differentiation permitted by the Housing Act 1996 was restricted to adjusting the relative priority of sub-groups by reference to features which afforded them some opportunity to be allocated social housing, however remote that possibility might be. The authority's scheme afforded the claimant no preference.

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