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Intentional homelessness

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

The Homelessness Act 2002, which amends the Housing Act 1996, has abolished the situation where homeless applicants may be treated as intentionally homeless where 'other suitable accommodation' is available in the authority's district but the applicant has failed to secure it.

For a general introduction to the homelessness legislation see the section on Introduction to homelessness. For more detailed information about other aspects of homelessness legislation, see the other sections in Homelessness.

What is intentional homelessness?

Ways in which a person can become homeless or threatened with intentional homelessness. 

Establishing intentionality

How a local authority should investigate whether or not an applicant is intentionally homeless. 

Inquiring into intentionality

Guidelines on how a local authority should conduct inquiries to establish if an applicant is intentionally homeless. 

Fresh applications

Information on when an applicant reapplies as homeless after being found intentionally homeless. 

Families with children

Local authority guidelines in situations where a family with children under 18 is found intentionally homeless. 

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