Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3 April 2018
Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Row
Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3 April 2018

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of 42 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3 April 2018
  • Homelessness legislation
  • Applications made after 3 April 2018
  • The duty to provide information and advice
  • Advice and information about homelessness and the prevention of homelessness
  • The duty to assess and agree a personalised housing plan
  • The assessment of circumstances and needs
  • Housing circumstances
  • Housing needs
  • Support needs
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:

  1. proceedings for possession brought under CPR Part 55 (including appeals and proceedings to enforce an order for possession by a warrant or writ of possession)

  2. forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent

  3. a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods

  4. service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties

  5. practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  6. insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature

For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker.

Homelessness legislation

The primary homelessness legislation, Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996), provides the statutory underpinning for action to prevent homelessness and provide assistance to people who are threatened with or actually homeless.

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA 2017) entered into force on 3 April 2018, significantly reforming England’s homelessness legislation. For background reading on main homelessness duties prior to the implementation of the HRA 2017, see Practice Note: Assisting the homeless pre-3 April 2018 applications [Archived].

LHAs shall have regard to such guidance as is issued by the Secretary of State in the exercise of their homelessness functions. The previous Homelessness

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