Housing/ asessment of homelessness status and refusal of emergency accommodation
Housing / homelessness
Housing - Anti-social Behaviour & Debt
Housing - Priority Transfer
In 2016, CLM Limerick represented a client who attended one of our free legal advice clinics looking for support around her housing situation. At the time, she and her infant child were living with a member of her extended family on a temporary basis. She had previously resided in emergency accommodation but had left the hostel after she was assaulted by another resident, which was reported to the local authority and to the Gardaí. Her temporary living arrangements with her family member were entirely unsuitable for an infant, and her relationship with this family member had broken down. She applied for emergency accommodation but was refused on the basis that she had voluntarily left the emergency hostel. She was informed that she could re-enter the hostel, but she refused to do so due to her fears for her safety. She requested that she be accommodated elsewhere on an emergency basis but this request was refused.
This case related to a client who had been living with her two children in private rented accommodation for three years. She had previously been living in a local authority house for over 30 years but had to leave due to harassment and intimidation in the area and at the time, her only option was to rent privately. The property she was renting was taken into receivership, and she was issued a Termination Notice, requiring her to vacate the property. She was unable to source alternative accommodation within the limit of the rent allowance and she was at immediate risk of homelessness.
The client presented at one of CLM Limerick’s Free Legal Advice Clinics. He was living in local authority housing which was in very poor condition. The house he lived in was badly effected by damp, mould and mildew and there was no hot water. The client did not have the confidence himself to speak up as he felt he wouldn’t be listened to.