Homelessness

Housing options interview

You will be asked to give further details of your situation. Our first priority will be to give you advice to help you remain in your current home. If you cannot remain in your current home we will explain your options and we will ask you questions to establish if you:

  • are eligible for assistance because you have a right to live in the UK
  • are homeless or threatened with homeless
  • have a “priority need” because you have children or health or other issues which means you are vulnerable
  • have contributed in any way to your homelessness (intentionally homeless)
  • have a local connection to Central Bedfordshire

What do I need to bring with me to the appointment?

You will be asked to complete a housing options application form (135KB, Word).

If you complete the application ahead of your appointment please e-mail it in advance to: housingsolutions@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and state your name and the date of your appointment.

Please make sure you bring with you to your appointment the following documents:

  • your passport or driving licence for each adult in the household
  • birth certificates for any children
  • income details, payslips or benefit award letters.
  • a copy of any tenancy agreements

Housing Act 1996 – Part 7 (Homelessness)

The law requires us to assess any obligations we may have to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. We must consider whether you meet the criteria below.

Eligibility - some groups of people who have lived abroad are not eligible for our help if they are homeless. You will usually be eligible for assistance if:

  • you live in the UK
  • you are a British citizen
  • and you have not recently spent time living in other countries

Homeless or threatened with homeless - in order to determine if you are homeless, we consider any accommodation that you have access to, and whether or not you are at risk of homelessness in the next 28 days.

  • you can be considered homeless if you have no home in the UK, or anywhere else in the world, where you can live together with your immediate family
  • you may also be homeless if the property you live in is no longer suitable or safe for you

In priority need - we will look into your circumstances to decide if you are in priority need according to the law.

You may be in priority need if you or one of the people included in your application falls into one of the following priority need categories:

  • pregnant women (and people who live with them)
  • people who are responsible for dependent children
  • people made homeless by fire, flood or other disaster
  • if you are aged 16 or 17
  • some care leavers
  • if you are particularly vulnerable

Intentionally homeless - we may determine you have made yourself homeless if you deliberately did something or failed to do something. This could be because you:

  • didn't pay your rent or mortgage when it was considered affordable to do so
  • were evicted for anti-social behaviour
  • chose to leave a property that was reasonable for you to remain in
  • arranged to be made homeless, i.e. arranging for your landlord to evict you

This list is not exhaustive; each case is assessed on its own merits.

You will be informed in writing of the way in which your application has been assessed and how we will meet any obligations that we may have to you under the law.

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