We recently represented a well-established Bristol Christian Charity in an application by Bristol City Council.
Historically the charity had benefited from an exemption whereby Religious Communities did not have to comply with the legislation relating to Houses of Multiple Occupation. To benefit from this, the Religious Community has to prove it is a religious community whose principal occupation is for prayer, contemplation, education or the relief from suffering.
A recent case in the South East meant Bristol City Council no longer thought the exemption applied. The Charity challenged that decision.
At the hearing, the tribunal decided that the Charity was a religious community with the principal occupation of prayer, contemplation, education or the relief from suffering and therefore should benefit from the exemption.
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