Homelessness Review Legal Limbo
28/06/2012 5:11 pm
I wonder whether I could get your thoughts on a case that that I am dealing with where I am in 'legal limbo'.
I am working on a s.202 review where the original decision was one of intentionally homeless. The family were accommodated during the review period but evicted from TA duty to rent arrears on the accommodation. The family have now vacated the area without a forwarding address. I am unable to contact them to present to them additional information that I have unearthed that is relevant to the decision.
The deadline for the review has passed, but as I have been unable to present to them the facts that I have gathered, I am reluctant to make a decision.
A colleague in another LA has suggested that first, I issue a 'minded to' letter to their solicitor setting out an intention to find them Not Homeless on the assumption that they have not contacted us for further assistance. The same colleague has advised that he would then follow this with a review decision of Not Homeless if no contact is received.
Does this sound feasible to you in terms of the legislation?
Thoughts and comments would be appreciated.