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Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

3. Our accommodation duty to you

Where we have reason to believe that a person is homeless, eligible and has a priority need, interim accommodation will be provided. This remains unchanged from the 1996 Housing Act. Priority need and intentionally will remain part of our assessment process when dealing with full homelessness applications if the new Prevention and Relief duties fail to resolve an applicant’s homelessness.

There may be some increase in the use of Temporary Accommodation for certain groups because of the Act. However, it is not anticipated that this will be a very significant increase. One of the focuses of the Act is to ensure that more people get help earlier and that fewer people will end up requiring temporary accommodation.

It is important to note that the Act is not about providing greater access to social rented homes and it will not create any new social housing.

You can read the full legislation on the Legislation website.


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