If you are from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you may be able to get help from the council if you become homeless, but your rights are restricted in the first 3 months of your stay
EU nationals: restricted rights in the first 3 months
All European nationals with citizenship of an EU or EEA country have an automatic right to reside in the UK for three months after arriving in the UK.
If you are not working
If you are not working during these first three months, you will not be eligible to:
- get help with emergency or settled housing from the council if you become homeless
- apply to go on the council's waiting list for housing
- claim housing benefit or other UK welfare benefits
If you are working
Rules for EU and EEA workers for housing and benefits apply if you are an EU or EEA national working during the first three months of your stay in the UK.
EU workers: help with housing and benefits
Workers from most EU and EEA countries are entitled to apply for help with benefits and housing in the UK, but more restrictive rules apply to Croatian nationals.
EU workers and their family members have the right to apply for:
- emergency help and longer-term housing from the council when homeless
- social housing
- housing benefit to help pay your rent
If you are homeless
Contact your local council immediately to ask about making a homeless application if you are homelessness or you will become homeless in the next 28 days.
Read Shelter's guide Homeless? Read this (32 pages) for more information on homelessness
More help and advice
Find out more about your homelessness rights if you are: