‘A Practical Guide to Housing Allocation Schemes in England’ by Sarah Salmon


Paperback: 978-1-916698-07-9
Published: April 2024
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This book is an introduction to social housing allocation in England. It explains to readers how social housing is, and should be, allocated, explains the principles of law and looks at some of the key cases before the courts.

The book should allow its readers to understand the basics to navigate Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and seeks to be a useful initial reference guide for those working within social housing, their lawyers and students.


Sarah Salmon is a barrister at Cornerstone Barristers. She specialises in public law, housing and property. Called to the Bar in 2007, her work has involved all aspects of housing law and she regularly advises both local authorities and applicants on homelessness and allocations.

Sarah is ranked as a leading junior in Legal 500 for both Administrative Law and Human Rights and housing where she has been described as “simply exceptional”. She is also recommended in Chambers and Partners for housing.


Chapter One – The Application of Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996
Chapter Two – Eligibility for an Allocation Under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996
Chapter Three – Qualification for an Allocation Under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996
Chapter Four – Reasonable and Additional Preference
Chapter Five – Allocation Schemes
Chapter Six – Applications for Housing Accommodation