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Includes information about those who do not have a legal right to local authority accommodation because for various reasons including non payment of rent they are considered to have become intentionally homeless under the Housing Act 1977.

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Intentional homelessness

The council may decide you are intentionally homeless if they consider that you deliberately did or didn't do something that caused you to lose your home. This may affect your right to be housed by the council.

3 Homeless? Read this (PDF)

This guide explains the rights you may have to get help from the council if you have nowhere to live or are about to lose your home. Most homeless people can get advice and assistance to help them find a home. Some people are also entitled to accommodation. Find out how the council decides who to house and what you can do if they won't help.
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2 Intentional homelessness

If the council decides that you are intentionally homeless, you will only be entitled to accommodation for a limited amount of time. You may be able to get the council to change its decision. This only applies to England
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4 Does it matter how I become homeless?

The way you became homeless will affect how long the council has to help you for. You may only be entitled to very short-term accommodation if the council decides that you are 'intentionally homeless'.
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5 Help for homeless people

Local authorities have a legal duty to provide help to certain people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Explains who qualifies for help.
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1 Challenging the council's decision

If you disagree with a decision the council has made on your homelessness application, it may be possible to challenge the decision and get it overturned. this page only applies to England. You may be able to ask the council to review its decision, appeal to the county court, complain to the ombudsman or seek a judicial review.
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I am homeless. What can I do?
If you have nowhere to live, then you are homeless and you have the legal right to seek help from your local council. They must look into your claim of homelessness ...
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Last Updated: 19 Aug 07

Losing your Home - Legal Information
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 ...
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Last Updated: 19 Aug 07





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