Emergency housing if you’re homeless: bed and breakfasts (B&Bs)
Find out about B&Bs – what they're like and how much they cost.
What they're like
When you apply to the council for housing when homeless it may put you in a B&B as a temporary place to stay.
B&Bs offer basic temporary accommodation. Most are run as private businesses and what they offer varies. In a typical B&B you might get:
- a private furnished bedroom (your children may have to share this room)
- rooms for families and single people in the same building
- a shared bathroom
- a shared kitchen
- a shared washing machine
Some provide food like breakfast, but in others you need to cook for yourself.
How much they cost
B&B prices vary. If you get housing benefit this can cover all or some of the rent.
Housing benefit doesn't cover charges for things like heating or food.
Who they're for
B&Bs are sometimes used for families as well as single people.
Moving into other housing
The council should only place you in a B&B when no other emergency accommodation is available. It should try and move you to more suitable housing as soon as possible.
You can only be housed in a B&B for a maximum of 6 weeks if you're pregnant or have children.
If you break the rules
You may be asked to leave if you break the rules, for example, by:
- not paying rent or other charges
- drinking or taking drugs
- going into other guests' rooms uninvited
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Last updated - 12 Sep 2017
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