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NOTTINGHAM FACES CHALLENGE TO RENT ARREARS EVICTION

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Nottingham City Council faces a judicial review of its decision to refuse to permanently rehouse a pregnant mother ...
Nottingham City Council faces a judicial review of its decision to refuse to permanently rehouse a pregnant mother of four who was evicted when her boyfriend 'secretly' built up rent arrears.

Mr Justice Laws granted Pamela Caine leave to appeal against the council's decision that she is 'intentionally homeless' and thus not entitled to be permanently rehoused at public expense.

She claims she and her children are being punished because of rent withheld by her boyfriend Christopher Coombs - a former researcher at Nottingham University. She is adamant Mr Coombs hid the arrears from her.

Ms Caine and the children had come to Nottingham from Lincolnshire in 1991 when Mr Coombs was offered a six month research post at the university. Housing was provided for them on an assured shorthold tenancy from April that year.

But Mr Coombs' post was not renewed and he later began withholding rent because of a dispute with the university over repairs. Threatened with homelessness, the couple successfully applied to the council for rehousing.

But the council later declared them 'intentionally homeless' and refused Ms Caine a permanent tenancy on grounds that she had acquiesced in rent arrears.

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