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Homelessness Accommodation Duties

Homelessness Accommodation Duties


If you are eligible for emergency accommodation you will be housed as soon as possible and normally in either;


  • A Bed and Breakfast
  • Homelessness Hostel
  • Self-contained accommodation


The council is expected to find you emergency accommodation that is suitable and appropriate to your individual situation. Things that should be taken into account include;


  • Where the housing is located – your council will try their hardest to ensure your housing is close to your work, family or current area.
  • Rent cost – you will have to pay rent in your emergency accommodation and the council should ensure that you are paying rent that you can afford
  • How long you stay in emergency accommodation – pregnant women or people with young children should only be housed in shared accommodation or a B&B for a maximum of six weeks before they are found more suitable accommodation
  • Accessibility - the council should ensure that your emergency accommodation is accessible, this will include appropriate facilities if you suffer from a disability.
  • Standards – heating, fire safety and room size are all taken into account and should meet the guidelines set out by the Secretary of State


Get in Touch


If you believe the council has not met the minimum requirements of standards when providing you with accommodation then you should get in touch with one of our hosing solicitors at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.


We can offer expert legal advice on all homelessness matters including emergency accommodation and action to take if you are dissatisfied with the service your council has provided you.


If you have been made homeless or are going to be homeless and need expert legal advice on homelessness accommodation duties, do not hesitate to call Duncan Lewis Housing Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.


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