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

The following Local Government practice 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
  • Normal residence
  • Employed in the area
  • Family connections
  • Special circumstances
  • Local connection to more than one LHA
  • 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 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 statutory guidance. See further: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker — Government guidance and LNB News 28/04/2020 53.

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.

Statutory guidance was issued for England on 22 February 2018 to

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