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Intentional homelessness

The definition of intentional homelessness, as contained in sections 191 and 196 of the Housing Act 1996.

This content applies to England

Last updated: 15 March 2021

  • Intentional homelessness definition

    The legal definition of intentional homelessness, for people applying to their local authority as homeless.

  • Deliberate act or omission

    How a local authority decides if a person is intentionally homeless due to a deliberate act or omission, including whether an act is in good faith.

  • Acquiescence

    When an applicant may be found intentionally homeless because of the deliberate act or omission of another person .

  • Causation

    The causal link between a deliberate act or omission and the loss of accommodation which must exist for a decision of intentional homelesness.

  • Reasonable to continue to occupy

    When a person will not be intentionally homeless because accommodation was not reasonable for them to continue to occupy. 

  • Welfare of children

    How local authorities should deal with families with children under 18 who have been found intentionally homeless.

  • Inquiries into intentional homelessness

    How a local authority should carry out inquiries to establish if an applicant is intentionally homeless.