Archive for January 28th, 2011

January 28, 2011

Important Supreme Court Decision on Yemshaw v Hounslow

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made a landmark judgment in relation to victims of abuse seeking to be rehoused under the 1996 Housing Act.  In contrast to an earlier decision in 2002 (Danesh v RBK&C) the court held that “domestic violence” in s. 177(1) of the 1996 Act includes physical violence, threatening or intimidating behaviour and any other form of abuse which, directly or indirectly, may give rise to the risk of harm. (My emphasis).  Please take note all IDVAs!