Challenging a council's homelessness decision

Most decisions that the council make in connection with a homeless application can be reviewed. This includes whether you’re intentionally homeless or whether the council's offer of permanent accommodation is suitable.

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Reviewing a council's decision

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.

Taking legal action against the council

In some cases, you may be able to take the council to court over their decision. This is called a judicial review. You may be able to get accommodation from the council while the judicial review procedure is carried out.

Complaining to the Ombudsman

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.

Last updated: 9 June 2021

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