Assisting the homeless pre-3 April 2018 applications [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Lucie Bryan of Walker Morris
Assisting the homeless pre-3 April 2018 applications [Archived]

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Lucie Bryan of Walker Morris provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Assisting the homeless pre-3 April 2018 applications [Archived]
  • Homelessness duties in England and Wales
  • England
  • Wales

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (Commencement and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/167, were made on 8 February 2018 and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA 2017) came into force in its entirety on 3 April 2018. This brought a significant legislative change to the duties of local housing authorities in England under the Housing Act 1996, to bring the position more in line with that in Wales. This Practice Note remains relevant for those applications made before 3 April 2018. For details of the main housing duties for all applications post-3 April 2018 in England, See Practice Note Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3 April 2018.

This Practice Note states the law prior to 3 April 2018 and is not maintained.

Homelessness duties in England and Wales

This Practice Note sets out the main homelessness duties owed by local housing authorities (LHA) in England and Wales prior to 3 April 2018. The type of applicant covered and the assistance offered differ between England and Wales, but both have duties to secure accommodation for certain homeless applicants.

In England those duties are determined under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996) (as amended). The duty to secure accommodation is only triggered according to prescriptive criteria and only