Contacting us as soon as you know that you are threatened with homelessness will give us the chance to actively review all of your options and gives us the best chance of re-housing you.
Our Housing Advice team will explore a range of options including a referral to an agency such as the YMCA or the Foyer or looking assisting you in finding appropriate alternative accommodation within the private sector.
If we are unable to prevent you from becoming homeless or help you find alternative housing, we may have a duty to help you as a homeless person.
We only have a duty to certain homeless people under the Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.
We have a duty to find you a home if all the following apply:
For each of these to apply you have to meet the criteria below.
By law, you are homeless if you do not have a home in the UK or anywhere else in the world available for you to occupy. You would also be considered homeless if you have a home but it is not reasonable for you to continue living in it.
Being eligible for assistance means you are entitled to help with housing from a local authority if you need it. Although most UK residents are eligible for such help, some people from abroad are not. The law in this area is very complicated and the following only gives an introduction. You might not be eligible if any of the following apply:
You are considered in priority need if any of the following apply to you or to a member of your household:
If we find that you are homeless, we have to look at whether you became homeless intentionally. For example you may be intentionally homeless if you are evicted from your home because you did not pay your rent when you could have done so or you give up your home when it is reasonable for you to continue living there.
If you are unintentionally homeless, eligible for assistance and have a priority need for housing you are entitled to housing assistance from a local authority.
You have a connection with Welwyn Hatfield if any of the following apply to you:
We will write to tell you our decision when you make a homeless person's application. You have the right to ask for a review of our decision if you disagree with it.