Council housing out of borough – what is reasonable? a recent case

Council housing out of borough – what is reasonable? a recent case
A point that often comes up in client work on housing related topics is the thorny issue of what makes a local authority offer of accom unsuitable. This is especially so if there are challenges getting children to school if a temp placement is out of the borough…
Here is an update from CA… latest case on the expert advice roundup email. My reading is that the court held that it was not unreasonable for Southwark to house someone in North London where the trip to school took about an hour for his two kids- the Council said he was choosing a cheaper option so it took longer and it was not reasonable for him to keep them at that school as he could get them into one nearer to the temp accom.
This shows the enormous challenges for local authorities in housing people when there is so little housing stock available as well as the distressing situation for families who are placed away from support systems -a difficult and distressing situation all round..