Who is intentionally homeless?
The Council will also look at why you have become homeless. If you are homeless because of something you have done (or not done) and this leads to you being asked to leave your home, you could be told you are 'intentionally homeless'.
If you have become homeless through no fault of your own and in circumstances beyond your control, then it is unlikely you will be treated as intentionally homeless.
If you think you may lose your home, it is important you get advice as soon as possible.
Do not leave whilst you have a right to stay as this may affect what help you receive in the longer term - Always seek advice before giving up your home.
What happens if the Council says I am intentionally homeless?
The Council does not have a legal duty to re-house someone who is found intentionally homeless.
If the Council have already provided temporary accommodation this will normally be extended for a 'reasonable period' (usually 14-28 days) to allow you to make other arrangements.
The Council will provide you with advice to help you find other accommodation; however, you will be responsible for getting and keeping your new home.
Do I have a local connection?
If you are 'eligible', 'homeless', 'in priority need' and not 'intentionally' homeless, then the council must look at whether you have a local connection with this area.
You will usually have a connection if:
- You have lived in the area for two and half years out of the last three, or three out of the previous five years;
If you do not have a 'local connection', the council may refer your case to another Council where you do have a local connection.
If you have a local connection with more than one Council you will be able to say where you would like to apply. If you have no local connection, the Council will assist you itself. Please note that elsewhere the local connection unlike the Isles of Scilly is 6 months in the last 12 months.
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