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6 Losing your Home
There are laws to help you if you have nowhere to live, whether it's because you're being unfairly evicted by your landlord, or you or your children are not safe where you live now.
This leaflet covers important questions you may have:
The prospect of having nowhere to live is terrifying for anyone. But there are laws that are meant to protect you from being homeless, especially if you are a vulnerable person - for example, if you are young, pregnant or being threatened by someone.
If you are facing homelessness because your landlord wants you to leave your house or flat, there are laws to make sure they deal with you fairly. Landlords must follow special procedures before you have to leave. These procedures depend on the type of tenancy you have, but if your landlord tries to force you to leave without following the right procedures, they will be breaking the law. For more on this, see the CLS Direct leaflet 'Renting and Letting', which outlines rights for tenants and landlords.
It's important to act quickly if you are homeless or face being homeless. The sooner you get help, the more likely you will be to find somewhere suitable to live, or prevent a landlord forcing you to leave. As a first step before applying to your council as homeless, you can get on-the-spot help and advice by contacting certain organisations. (See 'Further help' for details.)
It's important to realise that being homeless doesn't just mean living on the streets. You may be legally considered homeless, and entitled to get help to find somewhere to live (or to stay in your home), for many reasons. These include:
There is information on:
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Shelter.
Leaflet version: June 2016
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