We have heard a number of reports of ‘Section 4, Section 95 & 98 NASS’ accommodation being in a very bad state, ‘infested with vermin, insecure, damp and dirty.’
If your asylum accommodation is in a poor state, we can assist you in challenging the Home Office’s decision to continue to accommodate you in that residence, and we can help you to seek an urgent transfer to more suitable and dignified accommodation.
We often lodge Judicial Review proceedings where the Home Office has failed to provide you with safe and secure accommodation (e.g. crammed conditions, mould, no lock on door). Often we also request the Home Office to transfer our Client to self-contained accommodation for instance from a hotel due to their particular circumstances such as being a victim of sexual violence, trafficking or torture.
Moreover, the Home Office needs to take into account a client’s preferences on location. While asylum seekers can’t normally choose where they are dispersed to, there is now case law – Hetoja and Blackwood – demonstrating that the Home Office must consider the factors underlying a person’s preferences. Those factors include medical needs, religion, family ties, and ethnicity. In addition, the welfare of the children is also a relevant consideration for the Secretary of State.