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Local authority homelessness duties

This content applies to England

Advice and accommodation duties owed by local authorities to homeless people under the Housing Act 1996, and the suitability of accommodation offered and referrals to other authorities.

Local authority prevention duty

A local authority must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure that accommodation does not cease to be available for their occupation. 

Local authority relief duty

A local authority must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure that accommodation becomes available for at least six months. 

Interim duty to accommodate

When local authorities have a duty to provide homeless applicants with interim accommodation pending their inquiries. 

Duties for intentionally homeless

Duties a local authority has towards an applicant who is in priority need but intentionally homeless. 

Accommodation duty in cases of non cooperation

The main housing duty may not apply if an applicant has not cooperated with a step in their personal housing plan. 

Main housing duty

The main housing duty under homelessness law. The security of tenure of people housed under the homelessness provisions and the specific arrangements for people who are subject to immigration control. 

Protection of property

An explanation of the duties local authorities have to protect the personal belongings of those to whom it has a duty to provide accommodation. 

Notification of duties owed to homeless applicant

The local authority must notify the applicant when a homelessness duty is owed. 

Homeless applications cooperation between agencies

How local authorities can ask other agencies for assistance with discharging their duties towards an applicant. 

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