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Homelessness and threatened homelessness

This content applies to England

The legal definition of homelessness and threatened homelessness, and local authority duties that may arise towards someone who is legally homeless.

Applicants defined as homeless

The legal definition of homelessness for people applying to their local authority as homeless, and the duties owed to them 

Applicants defined as threatened with homelessness

The legal definition of threatened with homelessness for people applying to their local authority, and the duties owed to them. 

No accommodation in UK or abroad

The legal definition of having no accommodation in the UK or abroad for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

No accommodation available for occupation

The legal definition of having no accommodation if there is no no legal right to occupy it, for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

Not reasonable to continue to occupy

The legal definition of accommodation that is not reasonable to continue to occupy, for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

Violence from any person

The legal definition of not being reasonable to continue to occupy accommodation because of the probability of violence, for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

Unable to secure entry to accommodation

The legal definition of being unable to secure entry to accommodation, for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

Moveable structures

The legal definition of homelessness for people living in movable structures 

Split households

The legal definition of a split household, for people applying to their local authority as homeless 

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