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Intentional homelessness

This content applies to England

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.

Intentional homelessness definition

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

Intentional homelessness legal issues

Legal issues a local authority must consider to decide if a homelessness applicant is intentionally homeless. 

Council inquiries

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

Welfare of children

Guidelines on how local authorities should deal with families with children under 18 who have been found intentionally homeless. 

Reapplying as homeless

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

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