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Homelessness in Wales

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

This section only deals with homelessness applications made to local authorities in Wales on or after 27 April 2015. Applications made before that date were governed by the rules applicable in England (with some possible variations contained in Welsh regulations).

Introduction to homelessness in Wales

Overview of the law relating to homelessness in Wales under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: overview of homelessness duties

Local authorities duties under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: applications and duty to assess

The duty to assess an applicant and procedural requirements of the assessment under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: homelessness and threatened homelessness

Definition of homelessness and threatened homelessness under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: eligibility for help

Rules on eligibility for help under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: 'help to prevent' duty

The homelessness prevention duty under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: ‘help to secure’ duty

The ‘help to secure’ duty under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: interim accommodation duty

The interim accommodation duty under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: final duty

The final housing duty owed to some homeless applicants under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: duty to protect property

The duty to protect personal belongings of homeless applicants under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: notice of end of duty

Requirements of the notice that authorities must send to applicants in all cases where they decide that the duties under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 have ended. 

Wales: local connection provisions

Local connection provisions and referral procedures between different local authorities under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: priority need categories

Categories of applicants who have priority need for accommodation under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: intentional homelessness

The legal definition of intentional homelessness, and how and when authorities should apply this test under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

Wales: suitability of accommodation

Factors to be considered when deciding if accommodation provided under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 is suitable. 

Wales: challenging LA decisions

Ways in which applicants dissatisfied with a local authority’s decisions on their homelessness applications can challenge it under Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. 

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