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Establishing intentionality

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

This section gives detailed information about each part of the definition.

A deliberate act or omission

An explanation of what is meant by a deliberate act or omission. 

Acquiescence

A look at cases when an applicant may be found intentionally homeless because s/he has acquiesced in the deliberate act or omission of another person. 

Acting in good faith

An explanation of why an act (or omission) in good faith by someone who was unaware of any relevant fact cannot be treated as deliberate. 

Causation

An explanation of the causal link between the deliberate act or omission, and the loss of accommodation which must exist for an applicant to be found to be intentionally homeless. 

Ceasing to occupy accommodation

An applicant must have ceased to occupy accommodation to be found to be homeless intentionally. 

Available for occupation

About the conditions that need to be met for accommodation to be available for an applicant's occupation. 

Reasonable to continue to occupy: intentional homelessness

Information on when accommodation is reasonable to continue to occupy. 

Collusion

A brief discussion of collusion and the effect it will have on an homelessness application. 

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