The council's homelessness tests

Unfortunately the council cannot offer a permanent home to everyone who makes a homeless application. The council prioritises the help it gives to homeless applicants using three tests.

If you pass all three tests you should be offered permanent accommodation. If you do not pass all three tests you should be given advice and assistance to find a new home and, if required, be allowed to stay in temporary accommodation for a short spell.

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Overview of council inquiries and responsibilities

If you apply to the council as homeless, the council must make inquiries into your situation to see whether you pass certain 'tests'. This page gives an overview of the inquiry process.

Am I Homeless?

The council's first question is if you are homeless or about to be. You could be homeless if you stay with friends or family or your home is not suitable for you.

How did you become homeless?

Before it can offer you permanent accommodation, the council must check whether you deliberately did or didn't do something that resulted in you becoming homeless.

Do you have a local connection?

The final test when you make a homeless application is 'local connection',whether you have any links with the area.Councils can refer applicants but there are rules about when they can do this.

Last updated: 9 April 2018

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