Housing officers do all they can to refuse homeless applications | Derek Bernadi

Faced with growing demand and dwindling supply, councils have become experienced in using the law to keep homeless people off their waiting lists

Derek Bernadi is a solicitor-advocate at Camden Law CentreAs a solicitor-advocate who practises in housing law, I have done this work long enough, and seen the same outcomes in dozens of cases, not to notice that while homeless applicants struggle for a roof over their heads, housing officers will, without fail, use every tool at their disposal to refuse a homeless application.

This is not to suggest that housing officers have any ill-will towards homeless people or that they deliberately take a malevolent approach. But many local authorities have developed techniques that are actually quite clever to uphold their assumed roles as gatekeepers.

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