If you have been made homeless you can apply to your local council or housing association for accommodation.
The legal definition of homelessness is a very broad term. It is not only those who are sleeping on the streets who are considered homeless, you may also be eligible for help from your council if you;
If you are considered legally homeless then your council must help you. The amount of help you can receive depends on your circumstances.
According to The Housing Act 1996 (amended 2002) enquiries must be made into all homeless applicants in order to establish what kind of help should be given.
In order to be eligible for long-term housing assistance from your council you must meet several criteria. You must be
Some councils also stipulate that you must have a ‘local connection’ this means you;
If you do not qualify as having a ‘local connection’ the council may pass you over to a different council.
In order to receive help from your council you must be considered legally homeless or likely to become legally homeless in 28 days. You can apply for long-term or emergency housing if you are considered to be legally homeless.
There are several ways you can be considered legally homeless if;
In order to be considered a priority in need of help from your council, you or someone in your household must meet one of the following conditions. You will be considered a priority if;
You have children in your household (your own children, step-children or other children in your care) who are;
You are a care leaver aged 18 – 20, you will qualify if you have spent at least 24 hours in care when you were 16 or 17 years old. This covers;
You, or a member of your household is considered ‘vulnerable’ this covers;
You will not be automatically considered vulnerable if you fall into one of these categories; the council will consider how any of the conditions will affect your daily life and whether you will be able to cope with being homeless.
If you have immigration or residential restrictions the council may not be able to help you. In order to be considered eligible you must be one of the following;
If you have been made homeless, you will be able to apply to your local council or housing association for accommodation. Our lawyers can help you with this application and advise you how to proceed once you know the outcome.
If the authorities reject your request for accommodation, you are entitled to have the decision reviewed. Our specialist housing team can prepare the required documents and follow up on the result once it has been received. Applications to appeal housing decisions have very strict deadlines so we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible if you are in this position.
We are able to advise on all homelessness matters and suggest that you get in touch with one of our specialist housing solicitors as soon as possible if you are facing or have been made homeless.
For expert legal advice on Homelessness matters such as what to do if you are in priority need, legally homeless or unintentionally homeless, do not hesitate to call Duncan Lewis Housing Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409