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Homelessness duties

This content applies to England

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 and referrals to other authorities.

Prevention and relief duties

Duty of a local authority to prevent or relieve homelessness. 

Accommodation duties

Where a local authority has a duty to provide accommodation. 

Protection of property

An explanation of the duties local authorities have to protect the personal belongings of those to whom it has a duty to provide accommodation. 

Notification of duties owed

An explanation of local authority duties with regard to notifying the applicant of duties owed. 

Cooperation with other agencies

How local authorities can ask other agencies for assistance with discharging their duties towards an applicant. 

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