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Valuable Information for those seeking to be Housed

Local authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance to anyone who is homeless. They may have a legal duty to provide temporary accommodation to people who are homeless and vulnerable.

If you are threatened with homelessness you should not leave your home until legally obliged to do so because any subsequent application as homeless could be adversely affected by this – a decision could be made that you are 'intentionally homeless'.

The relevant legislation – Housing Act 1996 Part VII, amended by Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002 - has 'threshold tests' which need to be met to access social housing via the homelessness route. Currently the tests are:

  • Eligible for assistance AND
  • Homeless or threatened with homelessness within 28 days AND
  • In priority need AND
  • Not intentionally homeless

Your local authority can advise you further or you can seek advice from your local housing advice provider.

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