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.
In 2016, CLM Limerick provided representation to a client who had applied for Guardian’s Payment in respect of her grandson, for whom she provided full time care following the death of his mother, and had been refused. The client made an application for the Guardian’s Payment following the death of her grandson’s mother , after which it had been agreed by the relevant parties that the child would live with
his paternal grandmother. The child’s parents were not married, and the father had not been appointed the child’s legal guardian.
CLM Limerick provided advice and advocacy support to a family in relation to their son’s expulsion from school. The parents were referred by a family support service to one of the free legal advice clinics. Their 12 year old son had been involved in an incident on his second day at secondary school and he had been expelled from school as a result. They had appealed the decision to the Department of Education & Skills and a “Section 29” Appeal Hearing had been convened to hear the appeal.
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 was living in private rented accommodation and had been in receipt of Rent Supplement for over two years. In April 2015, he was assessed by the local authority and he was deemed eligible for the new form of social housing support, the housing assistance payment (HAP). However, his landlord advised him that he would not participate in the HAP scheme and the client was unable to find alternative accommodation.
This case related to an application for repossession of a client’s home.
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.
The client was born in Ireland and prior to moving to the UK, she had lived and worked in the state. She returned from the UK to live with her siblings in Ireland after separating from her husband following an abusive relationship. She registered with FÁS and applied to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for Jobseekers Allowance. DSP refused her application on the basis that there was no evidence to substantiate the claim that she was habitually resident in the State.