Homelessness

Homelessness

Under section 175 of the Act, a person is homeless if they have no accommodation in the UK or elsewhere which is available for occupation and by any other person such as a family member who might be expected to reside with them, and which they have a legal right to occupy.

They will also be homeless if they have accommodation but cannot secure entry to it, or the accommodation is a moveable structure, 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 who has accommodation is to be treated as homeless where it would not be reasonable for them to continue to occupy that accommodation

There is more detailed consideration of what will amount to homeless in Chapter 6 of the Code of Guidance