Challenging the council's decision
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If you disagree with a decision the council has made on your homeless application, it may be possible to challenge the decision and get it overturned.
The rules that govern homelessness legislation changed at the end of 2012. The major change was the ending of the priority need test, this means that if you are assessed as unintentionally homeless you have the right to a home. These pages have been updated to reflect these changes..
If the council has made the wrong decision about your homeless application, you can normally ask them to review it. You can usually stay in your temporary accommodation while the review is carried out.
If you think the council didn't follow the correct procedure or acted unfairly when it assessed your homeless application, you may be able to complain to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
You may be able to get the council's decision changed by judicial review. You may be able to get accommodation from the council while the judicial review is carried out.