Local authority homelessness duties
Duties that a local authority may owe a homeless person, including to prevent or relieve homelessness, and to provide interim, temporary or long term accommodation.
Last updated: 17 March 2021
Local authorities have a duty to provide information and advice about homelessness
Local authorities have a duty to carry out inquiries if they have reason to believe someone is homeless or threatened with homelessness.
A local authority must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure that accommodation does not cease to be available for their occupation.
A local authority must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure that accommodation becomes available for at least six months.
When local authorities have a duty to provide homeless applicants with interim accommodation while carrying out inquiries.
The main housing duty owed by a local authority to someone who is homeless, eligible, has a priority need and is not intentionally homeless.
Duties a local authority has towards an applicant who is in priority need but intentionally homeless.
The main housing duty may not apply if an applicant has not cooperated with a step in their personal housing plan.
An explanation of the duties local authorities have to protect the personal belongings of those to whom it has a duty to provide accommodation.
How local authorities can ask other agencies for assistance with discharging their duties towards an applicant.
The local authority must notify the applicant when a homelessness duty is owed.
A local authority's duties to carry out a homelessness review and publish a homelessness strategy.