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Homelessness applications

This content applies to England & Wales

The criteria considered in homelessness applications (ie eligibility, homelessness, priority need, intentionality and local connection), the duties of local authorities, and how to challenge decisions.

Introduction to homelessness

An overview of the law relating to homelessness under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996, including an outline of the purpose of the legislation and the resulting duties imposed on local authorities. 

Applications, inquiries and decisions

The process of applying as homeless and the duties local authorities have towards applicants until a decision is reached about their application. Also covered are the problems and issues people may face when making a homelessness application. 

Defining homelessness

The legal definition of homelessness and threatened homelessness, as contained in the Housing Act 1996. It also covers in brief local authority duties that may arise towards someone who is legally homeless. 

Eligibility: non-EEA/EU nationals

Eligibility to homelessness assistance for 'persons subject to immigration control' who are not British citizens and not European Economic Area (EEA) or European Union (EU) nationals. 

Eligibility: EEA/EU nationals and British nationals

Eligibility to homelessness assistance for European Economic Area (EEA) and European Union (EU) nationals and their family members. The section also outlines the habitual residence test which can impact on the eligibility for assistance of British nationals who come to the UK after having lived abroad. 

Priority need

The definition of priority need, as contained in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. 

Intentional homelessness

A look at the definition of intentional homelessness contained in sections 191 and 196 of the Housing Act 1996. 

Local connection

Local connection provisions under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. Also, an explanation of the guidelines for local authorities on referrals on grounds of local connection. 

LA duties: advice and accommodation

A look at the advice and accommodation duties owed by local authorities to homeless people under the Housing Act 1996. It also discusses the suitability of the accommodation offered. 

Challenging LA decisions

The various ways of challenging local authority homelessness decisions. 

Homelessness strategies

A local authority's duties to carry out a homelessness review and publish a homelessness strategy. 

Homelessness in Wales

The law relating to homelessness applications made to local authorities in Wales on or after 27 April 2015. 

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