'Custody' of council house

Muna Dandan

The Law Lords are to consider the case of a separated Harrow couple at the centre of a dispute over a joint weekly tenancy of council property. The couple were granted the tenancy under the Housing Act 1985 in 1994 but the wife left her husband and sought to be re-housed. Her husband remained in the former matrimonial home. The borough council went to Willesden County Court seeking possession against the husband on the basis the joint tenancy had ended when the wife quit the property. However, the Court of Appeal rejected the claim.