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Council backs down over decision not to rehouse Grenfell neighbours

8th February 2018 - 24housing

Nearly nine months of uncertainty over for traumatised residents of neighbouring blocks.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has backed down over their plans not to rehouse tenants living around Grenfell Tower.

At a meeting last night (Feb 6), the Council reversed its proposal not to rehouse residents of around 80 properties in the shadow of the block.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, a partner in the housing team comments.

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Deaf woman allowed to keep barking Shih Tzus which provide her with ’emotional support’ despite neighbours’ angry complaints

15th December 2017 - Evening Standard

A woman whose three dogs sparked noise complaints from neighbours has been allowed to keep the pets after her lawyers argued they provided vital emotional support.

Ashleigh Costello, 55, was accused by her housing association landlord of breaching her tenancy agreement as the dogs constituted a nuisance.

But she was allowed to keep the pets for the rest of their lives at her home near Ladbroke Grove after her solicitor used the Equality Act to defend the claim from Octavia Housing.

Siddiq Fazaluddin, a senior associate in the Social Housing team, represented Ms Costello.

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Forced to sleep in cars, threatened with ‘intentional homelessness’ and still no money: Fresh hell for Grenfell Tower survivors with many denied £5,000 relief cash ‘because they don’t have ID’

21st June 2017 - Mail Online

Grenfell Tower survivors are being let down by the botched response effort to the horrific blaze, those helping them have said.
Nearly a week on from the tower block blaze that killed at least 79 people, some of those displaced by the fire have been forced to sleep in their cars while others have been prevented from claiming promised cash.

Some of those who lost their flats in the blaze fear being declared ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning authorities no longer has a responsibility to house them – if they refuse to a move outside the area.

Social Housing Partner Jayesh Kunwardia comments on the lack of clarity over housing policy and the unfair impact of refusing temporary accommodation could have on Grenfell survivors.

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BPTC student who used legal skills to bring judicial review succeeds in having her dad’s benefits reinstated

27th February 2017 - Legal Cheek

A Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) student has successfully had her seriously ill father’s benefits reinstated after she brought a judicial review against the Department for Work and Pensions. A number of solicitors and barristers stepped forward to offer their services, some on a pro bono basis – including social housing solicitor Edward Veale.

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