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Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Are you homeless or worried you may soon be homeless? Act quickly to get the right help.
Call Civil Legal Advice on 0845 345 4345 for legal advice if you are homeless or may soon be homeless. You may be able to get help from a legal adviser if you qualify for Legal Help funding. Be prepared to answer questions about your income and savings so the helpline adviser can tell you if you qualify.
Use our directory to find a local advice centre where you can get face-to-face help.
Call Shelter's helpline on 0808 800 4444 for advice if you have nowhere to stay.
You can still be homeless even if you have a roof over your head. See what homelessness is and what situations could mean you are considered as homeless.
If you are homeless or facing homelessness you have rights, and you may be entitled to help from the council. Find out more about homeless people’s rights
A legal definition of homelessness is used by councils to assess what help homeless people are entitled to. Check the legal definition of homelessness.
If you're sleeping rough, Shelter can give you practical advice and information about services and help available. Find out more if you're sleeping rough.
Need a place for tonight if you're homeless? Find out about the different types of emergency housing and accommodation available and how to access them.
Squatting in a residential property is now a criminal offence, squatting in a commercial property is not. Find out more about squatting and the law.
Even if your housing situation appears hopeless, there may be action you can take to avoid becoming homeless
You may be entitled to help from the housing department of the council if you are homeless or about to lose your home. There are special legal rules about when and how the council must help.
Social services can provide a range of services, including housing, support and financial help. Whether social services has to help you will depend on your circumstances.
Find out what you can do if you've been asked to leave your home or if you are facing eviction.
If you are homeless due to domestic violence or could become homeless because of threats, abuse or intimidation, find out more about your rights and options.
If you are under 25 and homeless, worried about being made homeless or facing eviction we've got advice and information that can help.