David Araya

David Araya

David Araya

Solicitor

David specialises in all areas of housing law, including representing clients who are homeless (from obtaining accommodation to challenging negative decisions and unsuitable accommodation through internal reviews and county court appeals), whose homes are in a poor state of repair, and who are defending possession  proceedings on grounds of rent arrears, antisocial behaviour and other breaches of tenancy. He is particularly interested in the additional duties that local authorities and housing associations have towards people with physical or mental health issues under the Equality Act 2010 and he has secured compensation for breach of these duties.

David also carries out work under the firm’s Community Care contract, including challenging needs assessments under the Care Act 2014 and helping homeless families who have no recourse to public funds.

David is often instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of vulnerable clients who lack litigation capacity.  He undertakes complex cases for clients defending possession proceedings who also have care and support needs, and this enables him to provide holistic advice and representation.

Having previously worked as a caseworker at the housing charity, Shelter, David is passionate about social justice. Since 2012 he has been representing tenants facing eviction on the court duty schemes at Woolwich County Court, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court and the Stratford Housing Centre.