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Letter template: Ask for a review

Copy our sample text into an email to your council's homelessness team.

[Use the reference number on the council’s decision letter as the email subject].

I would like to ask for a review under s.202(1), Housing Act 1996.

I wish to review the council’s decision of [date decision was made] about my recent homelessness application. I received the decision on [date received].

The council decided that [include information about the decision].

Please provide me with a copy of my housing file. This request is made under s.106(5), Housing Act 1985 and s.45(1), Data Protection Act 2018.

I am seeking urgent legal advice and help with the review process.

Please delay making a decision on review until my legal adviser has had the opportunity to review my file and make written representations on my behalf.

[Delete if not needed] I also ask that you continue to provide temporary accommodation until a review decision has been made.

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Last updated: 17 May 2022

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