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Offers and suitability of accommodation for homeless applicants

This content applies to England

Different types of accommodation offers local authorities can make under a homelessness duty and factors that must be considered in deciding whether accommodation is suitable.

Offers of accommodation

Different types of offer that a local authority may make. 

Suitability of accommodation

Any accommodation offered, secured or provided by a local authority under a homelessness duty must be suitable.  

Accommodation standards and costs

Local authorities must consider type, standard and affordability of accommodation when assessing whether it is suitable for a homeless applicant.  

Location of accommodation

Local authorities must consider location when assessing whether an offer of accommodation is suitable for a homeless applicant. 

Challenges to accommodation suitability

The procedure for challenging the suitability of accommodation offered, and the courts' powers where a challenge is successful. 

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