There’s a number of different factors that determine whether a person is homeless.
A person is homeless if they have no accommodation in the UK or elsewhere which is available for their occupation and which that person has a legal right to occupy.
A person is also homeless if they have accommodation but can’t secure entry to it, or the accommodation is a moveable structure, such as a vehicle or vessel designed or adapted for human habitation and there is nowhere it can lawfully be placed in order to provide accommodation.
A person may also be treated as homeless if they have accommodation but it wouldn’t be reasonable for them to continue to occupy that accommodation.
If we’re satisfied that a person applying for housing assistance is eligible and homeless, it places a duty on us to work with the person to help them secure accommodation. This is known as the ‘Relief Duty’.
We must take reasonable steps to help the applicant secure suitable accommodation with a reasonable prospect that it will be available for their occupation for at least 6 months. Permalink