Homelessness—suitability of accommodation
Produced in partnership with Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers
Homelessness—suitability of accommodation

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—suitability of accommodation
  • Discharging the housing duty
  • The standard of suitability
  • Public sector equality duty
  • Other personal factors
  • Factors that must be taken into account
  • Affordability
  • Location
  • Is the accommodation reasonable for the applicant to accept?
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 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 VI 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 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 Practice Note sets out guidance upon the standards applicable to accommodation offered by a local housing authority (LHA) in discharge of its housing duty under HA 1996, Pt VII, including the question of how suitability is assessed. For information on how an

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