Homelessness solicitors - legal advice

If you or someone you know has been left homeless, our housing law team can help you get the support you need from local authorities to get back on your feet. Our homelessness experts have a detailed knowledge of the services and support available to you and can get you the results you need quickly. For advice and assistance call our legal team on 0203 816 9282. We will often be able to provide assistance to you free of charge if you qualify for help under the legal aid scheme and are based in the North West of England.

Local authorities have a duty to people present in their area of responsibility who do not have a place to live. Priority is given to vulnerable persons such as children or disabled persons. This duty can include the obligation to provide accommodation, advice and assistance to homeless people.

The local authority's homeless duties also extend to situations where you may have somewhere to stay but it is not reasonable for you to continue living in that accommodation. For instance, circumstances where there is violence or domestic abuse or where the property is in such a poor condition it is not appropriate for you to stay there.

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Homelessness applications

Once you have asked the local authority for assistance with a homelessness application, they should interview you and consider all of your circumstances.  It may be necessary for them to contact other people who support you such as medical professionals or support workers to obtain more information and investigate your circumstances fully. They should then make a decision about your application, ideally within 33 working days.

In some cases, the local authority will also have a duty to provide temporary accommodation to you and anyone who may reasonably be expected to live with you whilst they complete their investigations. Whilst that accommodation is often in hostels or bed and breakfast accommodation, the place you are offered must be suitable to you and the needs of those who live with you.

In some cases, local authorities will refuse to recognise homeless individuals as a priority case or refuse to offer accommodation. This could be for several reasons, including intentionally leaving existing accommodation or refusing accommodation offered by the local authority. It is difficult to challenge these rulings without legal assistance. Fortunately, Stephensons can provide its specialist homelessness law advice and representation services free of charge if you qualify for legal aid.

Homeless ex-forces 

Life after a career in the forces can be very challenging and unfortunately a large number of veterans can find themselves homeless. Our housing law team can advise and assist should you find yourself in need of support.

As ex-forces you may qualify for additional support from your local council if you are homeless or facing the treat of homelessness call us on 0203 816 9282.

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