If you are homeless or being threatened with homelessness, you
should contact the Council immediately. Do not leave it until the
last minute. Do not permanently leave your home until you are
legally obliged to do so (usually by court order) as this may
damage any application for help that you make to this or any other
We use national law and guidance to assess homelessness
applications, including the
Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities which
is located on the government services and information
There are tests within the legislation that are applied to all
homeless applications. These are known as the ‘threshold tests’.
The four threshold tests you must meet to access social housing
- eligible for assistance; AND
- homeless or threatened with homelessness within 28 days;
- in priority need; AND
- NOT intentionally homeless
- are you a British/Irish citizen, a European national working in
the UK or with a permanent right to reside?
- have you been granted leave to remain in the UK with recourse
to public funds?
- have you received a Notice or a Court Order requiring you to
leave your home?
- are friends or family that you have been staying with asking
you to leave?
- do you have to leave your home as a result of violence?
- do you have children who live with you or are you
- are you vulnerable as a result of your health, age or for other
Did you cause the loss of your accommodation because of rent
arrears or antisocial behaviour?
If we believe you may be eligible, homeless and in
priority need, we have a duty to provide temporary accommodation
while we carry out our enquiries.