On 3 April 2018 the law changed with the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 This means that in most cases all local authorities in England will have a duty to either prevent or relieve your homelessness. There is also an expectation that you will cooperate with the council so we can find the best solution for you.
If you are deemed to be homeless or threatened with homelessness with 56 days we may have a duty to prevent you from becoming homeless. We will always in the first instance try to prevent you from becoming homeless. If remaining in your current home is not an option, we may be able to offer assistance for you to find alternative accommodation.
Are you are homeless, or likely to lose your home soon?
If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness within the next 8 weeks (56 days), please visit our Contacting us for Housing Advice page. We aim to be back in touch with you within five working days to arrange a further assessment of your housing needs.
You could be deemed as threatened with homelessness if:
- You are worried about the affordability of your accommodation.
- You have been issued a notice to vacate by your landlord, friend or family member.
- You have rent or mortgage arrears.
- If you are at fear of violence or harassment in your current accommodation.
What support is available?
We aim to provide tailored support to meet your needs. This could include:
- Debt Advice.
- Benefits Advice.
- Rent arrears repayment plans.
- Access to the Private rented sector.
- Referrals to other support agencies.