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Applicants challenges to homelessness decisions

This content applies to England

Challenges to local authority homelessness decisions through internal reviews, county court appeals and judicial review.

Ways to challenge homelessness decisions

A general overview of challenging local authority decisions. 

Right to internal review

The rights that an applicant has to apply for an internal review. 

Time limits for internal reviews

Information on the time limits for internal reviews and options for when the time limit has been missed. 

Preparing an internal review

Checklist of points to note when preparing an internal review 

Internal review procedure

Information on the procedure for internal review. 

County court appeals

Information detailing circumstances for an appeal. 

County court appeal time limits

The time limits for bringing a county court appeal 

County court appeal procedure

An overview of the procedure for county court appeals. 

Accommodation during a review or appeal

Accommodation during a challenge to a local authority's decision. 

Human rights challenges

How the Human Rights Act 1998 can be used to challenge local authority decisions. 

After a homeless application refusal

Some alternatives to using legal proceedings to challenge local authority decisions. 

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