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The Court of Appeal has this week granted permission to appeal in two landmark cases challenging the entitlement of Zambrano Carers to Homelessness Accommodation under Part VII Housing Act 1996 from Birmingham City & Nottingham City Council Bhatia Best are instructed on behalf of six Zambrano Carersin the  appeals which challenge the compatibility of The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 with the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Ruiz Zambrano. Lord Justice Lewison, in granting permission to appeal, observed that the issues concerning the entitlement or otherwise of Part VII Housing Act Assistance for Zambrano Carers to give effect to their treaty rights is impacting upon Local Authorities' housing allocation and guidance is required from the Court. The cases of Mohammad & Another v Nottingham City Council and Merali...

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Successful challenge in homelessness cases

Bhatia Best has represented four individuals in linked appeals against Birmingham City Council, challenging the authority’s decision to refuse eligibility for homelessness support, under Part 7 Housing Act 1996. The Appellants in each of the four appeals had approached the authority for support, complaining that they had exhausted all other avenues in the United Kingdom and that, absent assistance from the authority under the homelessness provisions of the Housing Act 1996, they would have been compelled to leave the EU along with their British National children, for whom they were the sole carers. The authority concluded in each of the four cases that the mere fact that the appellants had managed to secure support from alternative avenues throughout their time...

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