Legal definition of homelessness
This section looks at the definition of homelessness and the threat of homelessness.
This section outlines the criteria for being considered 'homeless'.
A split household is one where a household cannot live together in the accommodation available to it.
This section looks at the definitions provided by the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 and the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 of 'no accommodation'.
An applicant can be considered as homeless despite having accommodation from which they do not face imminent eviction.
Section 24 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 also defines as homeless someone who has accommodation but cannot secure entry to it.
An applicant should be accepted as homeless if s/he has accommodation but it is likely that occupation of it will lead to abuse or threats of abuse.
A homeless application can be made if current accommodation is overcrowded.
A person may be considered homeless if they live in a 'moveable structure'.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 provides a definition of the 'threat' of homelessness.
Last updated: 29 December 2014