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Supreme Court to hear homelessness challenge

R(CN) v Lewisham LBC and R(ZH) v Newham LBC have been listed to be heard by the Supreme Court in April. The Appellants seek to overturn Mohamed v Manek and RB Kensington and Chelsea, which established that local authorities do not need to obtain a court order to evict homeless applicants from interim accommodation.

The main issue is whether article 8, ECHR requires a possession order to be obtained to evict any occupier of a home – including temporary accommodation for the homeless.

Matt Hutchings and Jenny Oscroft represent the Respondents, the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Newham.