Being asked to leave by friends and family is one of the biggest causes of homelessness.

Living in a multi-generational home, or temporarily with friends can be difficult. Where possible, it is better to plan a move to achieve the best outcome.

The only exception to this is if the arrangement is unsafe due to a risk of violence.

How we can help

If you are asked to leave your current accommodation, we advise you to seek early help.

Leaving home is a major decision, it needs thought and planning. We understand that this isn’t always possible.

Our Housing Options team are trained to work with you and others, giving ideas and support to help, so you don’t have to leave immediately.

If you apply for housing assistance due to being homeless in this way, we may not be legally obliged to provide you with accommodation.

However, we have a duty to assess the circumstances of your homelessness, identify what your housing and support needs are. We will work with you, to prevent homelessness or support you to find you somewhere to live.

We will provide you with a ‘personal housing plan’. This will explain how we can help you and what you need to do, including, attending appointments, providing supporting documentation and using Homefinder UK.

For us to be legally obliged to provide you with accommodation, we need to be satisfied that you are eligible, homeless, in priority need. You have not made yourself intentionally homeless.

Even if we can assist you, you may be placed into private sector accommodation.