Homeless Advice

Are you homeless?

You don't have to be sleeping on the streets or not have a roof over your head to be considered homeless. Most people who are legally homeless are not on the streets. There are many situations where the council must accept you are homeless, and may have a legal duty to help you with housing.

For example:

  • You're at risk of violence or abuse where you are living. This can be from a partner, ex-partner or family member, or someone in your area. The council may ask you to provide details of the incidents. Evidence is helpful but the council will not turn you away if you haven’t reported to police.
  • You don't have 'a roof over your head' i.e. you are street homeless
  • You're at risk of losing your home
  • You can't afford to stay where you are
  • Your accommodation is very temporary
  • You are staying with friends or 'sofa surfing'
  • You've been locked out or illegally evicted
  • Your accommodation is in very poor condition
  • You can't live together with your partner or close family
  • You have nowhere to put your houseboat or caravan

If one or more of these apply, you may be eligible for help from the council.