Homelessness—vulnerable groups
Produced in partnership with Elizabeth England of Five Paper
Homelessness—vulnerable groups

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

  • Homelessness—vulnerable groups
  • Local authority duties
  • Who are vulnerable people?
  • Joint working with social services and joint strategy
  • Information and advice to prevent homelessness
  • Vulnerable people and the duty on public services to refer them to the LHA
  • Vulnerable people and the housing needs assessment and personal housing plan
  • Housing needs assessment
  • Personalised housing plan
  • Homelessness Reduction and CA 2014
  • 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. claims 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.

This Practice Note explores the special provisions which apply to groups who are particularly vulnerable to homelessness and refers to the Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities, February 2018 (the 2018 Code).

For more information on vulnerability for the purposes of assessing a person’s priority need for accommodation, see Practice Note: Homelessness—priority need for accommodation.

Local authority duties

Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (HA 1996) sets out the statutory framework for assessing whether or not a person will be owed a duty, and if so what duty, by a local housing authority (LHA) if they are homeless. See Practice Note: Homelessness—assisting the homeless post-3

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