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Homelessness and threatened homelessness

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The legal definition of homelessness and threatened homelessness used by local authorities in homelessness applications.

Definition of homelessness and threatened homelessness

The legal definition of homeless and threatened with homelessness for people making a homeless application to a local authority. 

No accommodation in UK or abroad

The definition of homelessness where a person has no accommodation in the UK or abroad. 

No accommodation available for occupation

The definition of homelessness where a person has no legal right to occupy accommodation.  

Not reasonable to continue to occupy

The definition of homelessness where accommodation is not reasonable to continue to occupy.  

Homeless applications when at risk of violence

The definition of homelessness where it is not reasonable to continue to occupy accommodation because of the probability of violence.  

Unable to secure entry to accommodation

The definition of homelessness where someone is unable to secure entry to accommodation. 

Homeless applications when living in moveable structures

The definition of homelessness for people living in movable structures such as caravans or houseboats.  

Split households

The definition of homelessness where accommodation is not available for the entire household.  

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