R (Knowles) – v – The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWHC 19 (Admin), 17th January 2013.
The two Claimants were Romani Gypsies who moved from a local authority site due to anti-social behaviour by other residents. They moved on to a private caravan site. Where a landlord is a private landlord, the rent allowance for housing benefit purposes is always referred to a Rent Officer for determination. In this case the Local Reference Rent sent by the Rent Officer was much less than the contractual rent that the Claimants had to pay.