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Illegal eviction

Illegal eviction is the action taken by a landlord, or another party, to deprive an occupier of access to all or part of their accommodation without following the correct legal procedures.

Immigration status

A status that defines whether a person is allowed to be in the UK or not, and if so, whether there are any restrictions on the length or purpose of their stay.

Implied term

A term that is not written into a contract but is taken to be part of it, for example by virtue of statute or a common law principle.

In care

A young person is 'in care' if s/he is 'looked after' by a local authority social services authority a) under a compulsory care order or b) provided with accommodation by voluntary agreement.

Incidental application

An application to the court requesting that a hearing takes place prior to the next scheduled court date. This is usually to consider a particular matter that has been raised by one of the parties.

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

An immigration status which means that there is no time limit on an individual's permission to stay in the UK. This is also known as settled status. On being given refugee status that person is granted five year's limited leave to remain, then at the end of five years the refugee will normally be granted indefinite leave to remain.

Indemnity basis

A method of assessment of costs whereby issues of proportionality are not considered.


The period of legal notice given to someone to take action in connection with court proceedings.


A court order that prohibits someone from doing something, or orders a person to do something. Examples include an injunction ordering a local authority to house a homeless family, or an injunction requiring a landlord to allow a tenant who has been illegally evicted to return to her/his home.


An inability to pay debts.

Integration loan

An interest-free loan granted to refugees by the Government to assist them with integration into their local communities. The loan may be used to purchase certain goods and services, such as work equipment/clothing, educational courses and housing deposits. Only those who have been granted leave to remain as a refugee or under humanitarian protection will qualify for these loans.

Intentional homelessness

Deliberately doing something (or failing to do something) that causes a person to become homeless from accommodation that s/he could otherwise have stayed in.

Interim accommodation

Interim accommodation is the accommodation that is provided to local authority homeless applicants while the local authority is investigating their application. It will be provided in circumstances where the LA has reason to believe that the applicant is homeless, eligible for assistance, and has a priority need. Interim accommodation is often provided in a bed and breakfast hotel or in other short-term accommodation.

Interim application

An application for an order or for directions made during the course of proceedings prior to the full hearing of the case.

Interim costs order

A costs order that is made during the course of a court case, before the final hearing.

Interim declaration

A ruling of a court on a question of law made during the course of proceedings, before the final hearing.

Interim or interlocutory injunction

An injunction order made during the course of proceedings, or, in certain situations, before proceedings are begun.

Interim order

A court order granted on a temporary basis to deal with an urgent situation, eg an interim anti-social behaviour order.

Interim remedy

An order granting a remedy to a party during the course of proceedings.

Introductory tenancies

Introductory tenancies were created by the Housing Act 1996 and came into effect on 12 February 1997. Introductory tenancies were intended to give local authorities and housing action trusts more power to deal with antisocial behaviour, by imposing a trial period of 12 months on all new tenancies granted. See starter tenancies for information about the equivalent scheme for housing association tenants.


A list of any furniture and equipment provided by a landlord, and the condition it is in. Inventories are normally drawn up at the start of a tenancy and checked at the end.