Homelessness in Wales—interim duties
Produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers
Homelessness in Wales—interim duties

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Homelessness in Wales—interim duties
  • Duty to accommodate pending enquiries
  • Conditions for the duty to arise
  • The LHA’s compliance with the interim duty
  • The legal nature of the accommodation
  • Suitability of accommodation
  • Termination of interim accommodation
  • Ending of interim duty
  • Accommodation pending review
  • Power, not a duty
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, in collaboration with Public Health England, has produced non-statutory guidance to support landlords with allocating social homes. The guidance contains information on how local authorities and housing associations should consider using existing homes that become available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The government makes clear that allocation by local housing authorities continues to be governed by Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 and authorities must have regard to the statutory guidance. See further: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker—Government guidance and LNB News 28/04/2020 53.

Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (H(W)A 2014) sets out the law on homelessness for local housing authorities (LHAs) in Wales. It sets out the different duties which an LHA will have towards different homeless applicants. Naturally, it takes time for an LHA to conduct enquiries into a homeless applicant’s circumstances for them to be able to determine what duty is owed. See Practice Note: Homelessness and threatened with homelessness in Wales.

Some applicants’ circumstances are such that they require accommodation immediately, even before the LHA can complete its enquiries. H(W)A 2014 makes provision in certain circumstances requiring LHAs to provide accommodation on an interim basis. This Practice Note covers the circumstances in which that interim duty arises and how it is discharged.

It also covers the power that an LHA has, once

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