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Homelessness and Allocations
Andrew Arden QC, Justin Bates and Toby Vanhegan
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Tenth edition |  July 2017  | 1100pp
ISBN: Pb 978 1 908407 92 4

Since publication of the first edition 35 years ago, Homelessness and Allocations has established itself as the definitive guide to the rights of the homeless. It combines an unrivalled historical overview with a clear, concise and user-friendly approach to this complex area of law.

' ... an indispensable commentary on and guide to a complex and fast-moving area of the law: a must-have for academics, specialist practitioners and busy local government officers alike'.Solicitors Journal

'This is the book on the law relating to homelessness.' Law Society Gazette

' ... if you advise on homelessness, you will need this book. Buy it now'. Legal Aid News

Homelessness and Allocations was first published after the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977 brought new duties towards the homeless into force, since when it has recorded and analysed development of this area of the law, while Andrew Arden himself has contributed to, and helped to shape, its development acting in cases up to and including the highest courts from the earliest days of the new law to the present time.

The tenth edition is up to date with what continues to be a large number of reported decisions and includes the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 with its new prevention and initial help duties. It also provides coverage of the separate development of homelessness law in Wales under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 Part 2 and of the new Care Act 2014 regime. 

Contents include:

The policy of the provisions /  The provisions in outline / Immigration / Homelessness / Priority need  / Intentional homelessness / Local connection / Protection of property / Homelessness decisions / Discharge of duties / Allocations / Enforcement / Other statutory provisions / Strategy, practice, aid and advice / Criminal offences 

Appendices include the key English legislative provisions in consolidated form and principal guidance. Chapter 12 includes a useful set of precedents for practitioners.

Homelessness and Allocations is essential reading for housing lawyers and advisers, local authority housing and homelessness officers and housing associations seeking authoritative, accurate and accessible guidance on local authority duties and the rights of the homeless.

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Buy a copy of Homelessness and Allocations 10th edn, Quiet Enjoyment 8th edn and Manual of Housing Law for £150 - a saving of £25. Download an order form here.

There are errors in the Housing Act 1996 ss193, 195, 199 as reproduced the printed version of  the book.  A corrected version of the Act can be downloaded here and details of the changes are listed here.


Andrew Arden QC has appeared in many of the leading cases in housing law over the past 30 years. He is author or editor of the principal practitioner texts on housing law, including the Encyclopaedia of Housing Law, Housing Law Reports, Journal of Housing Law, Arden & Partington's Housing Law, Local Government Constitutional and Administrative Law (all Sweet & Maxwell), Manual of Housing Law and Quiet Enjoyment (LAG).

Justin Bates is a barrister and member of Arden Chambers. His practice covers all aspects of housing, property and local government law. Justin is the deputy general editor of the Encyclopaedia of Housing Law, a contributing editor to Arden & Partington's Housing Law and Local Government Constitutional and Administrative Law (all Sweet &Maxwell) and co-author of Leasehold Disputes (LAG).

Toby Vanhegan  is a barrister and member of Arden Chambers specialising in housing law particularly homelessness, immigration and asylum, human rights and EU law. He has a particular knowledge and expertise in issues of eligibility, especially in the context of housing. Toby has written articles for Journal of Housing Law and Legal Action concerning freedom of movement of persons within the newly expanded EU. He speaks regularly at conferences and provides legal training courses.

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