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Challenging homelessness decisions

This content applies to England

The various ways of challenging local authority homelessness decisions.

See also Overview of homelessness law and guidance for a summary of the provisions of the homelessness legislation. The other sections within the Homelessness section give more detail about the law relating to homelessness. Information about public funding can be found in the Civil legal aid section.

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

This section gives a 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 

Preparing a county court appeal

Some general points on preparing a county court appeal. 

County court appeal procedure

An overview of the procedure for county court appeals. 

Appealing against the decision

How to appeal a county court decision 

Judicial review

An overview of the judicial review process. 

Accommodation a legal challenge

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. 

Alternatives to legal proceedings

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

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