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Housing Cases

The Centre specialises in cases in cases involving homelessness, possession, eviction, disrepair and asylum support law. We aim to provide support to other agencies referring cases to us, even when we cannot take on the case. That support may be telephone advice to assist the referral agency in resolving the problem without the client seeing a lawyer, or help in finding other sources of advice. We have a duty solicitor from Monday to Thursdays (inclusive) who is able to speak to other agencies. 

We aim to give priority to

  • Cases which benefit more than just one client (cases which change or influence law or policy locally or nationally)
  • People who are vulnerable
  • Those at risk of homelessness if not represented
  • Homeless people without current temporary accommodation or where their temporary shelter is threatened

Examples of cases we may take on

  • Possession cases including applications to suspend a Warrant
  • Unfavourable decisions made against a homeless applicant, including reviews and appeals under the Housing Act 1996
  • Some disrepair cases
  • Landlord harassment, unlawful evictions, threats of possession proceedings (including private, housing association and local authority landlords)
  • Clients requiring advice about Southwark’s allocation scheme (including “Southwark Homesearch”)
  • Clients who are without any or any adequate accommodation and do not have access to mainstream housing for example because of their immigration status, including cases involving NASS and social services
  • Clients who would have difficulty finding advice elsewhere, for example, in some circumstances we can act for clients who are not eligible for legal aid

Cases we cannot deal with

  • Landlords - We do not advise Landlords.
  • Right to Buy
  • Leaseholders
  • Mortgage possession cases
  • Most neighbour disputes: but we may act for clients who need to be rehoused because of harassment


Bidding Support Project

We are working with Citizens Advice Southwark to deliver a bidding support project for those registered for housing or re-housing with the London Borough of Southwarks' Homesearch scheme. At the sessions, trained volunteers advise applicants on how to use the internet effectively to bid for housing to help increase their chances.

Sessions are available at:

Bells Garden Community Centre, 19 Buller Close, Peckham, London SE15 6UJ

Thursdays: 10am - 1pm

Appointments are not necessary, just come along, however do remember to bring your bidding number with you.

The project has been very effective in helping people. Read some case studies here of applicants who have benefited from attending a session.

For more information and to find more advice please click here.

Please contact sally.causer@southwarklaw centre.org.uk if your organisation or Tenants group would like a workshop on dealing with rent arrears or other housing issues.