How Should Reviewing Officers Approach the Question of Intentionality?

The position when dealing with intentional homelessness following the decision of LB v London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2020] EWCA Civ 439.

This article focusses on the approach that reviewing officers should take when deciding whether someone has made themselves intentionally homeless following the Court of Appeal’s decision in LB v London Borough of Tower Hamlets [2020] EWCA Civ 439. The Court upheld a reviewing officer’s decision that the Appellant had made herself intentionally homeless due to rent arrears and not domestic violence. The officer’s decision must be informed by all relevant matters, including events that may occur up to the date of the authority’s review decision. Evidence from events up to the time of the review should not be ignored.

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