Homelessness—local connection
Produced in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers
Homelessness—local connection

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Homelessness—local connection
  • Importance of local connection
  • At the relief stage
  • Out of borough placements
  • Meaning of local connection
  • Local connection to more than one LHA
  • Disputes

This Practice Note provides guidance on the concept of ‘local connection’ as set out in section 199 of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996) in England and section 81 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (H(W)A 2014) in Wales as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (HRA 2017) with effect from 3 April 2018. This concept is used to assist a local housing authority (LHA) when dealing with housing applications, as it permits LHAs to make referrals to other LHAs where a housing applicant lacks a local connection to the referring LHA.

This is designed to prevent an LHA from being overwhelmed with housing applications.

This Practice Note also provides information relating to the relevant legislation and guidance in both England and Wales.

New statutory guidance was issued for England on 22 February 2018 to coincide with the coming in force of HRA 2017 on 3 April 2018. This guidance is referred to throughout this Practice Note as the Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities 2018 (2018 Code). It will apply to all applications and reviews requested from 3 April 2018. The older statutory guidance will remain relevant to decisions taken prior to that date and is referred to throughout this Practice Note as the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities (July 2006) (2006 Code). See Practice Note: Assisting the