Homelessness and urgent housing need

If you are homeless, face losing your home or are in urgent housing need, your local council can help you.


If you have lost your home or could lose it, contact your Local Council Housing Options team as soon as possible using the contact details in our Local Council Directory.

Your Local Council can:

  • Give you advice on your legal rights
  • Suggests ways to prevent losing your home
  • Help you find somewhere else to live

What homelessness is

  • You are homeless if you do not have a home that you can live in legally.

You are not homeless if:

  • You can legally stay in your home
  • There is a second home which is available to you

You may be homeless if you have a home, but cannot live there for certain reasons:

  • You have been evicted illegally from it
  • it's not reasonable for you to stay in your home, because of domestic violence or threats of violence against you or a member of your family

Preventing homelessness

Your local council will do everything possible to prevent you from becoming homeless, but it is important that you contact them without delay, even if you feel your situation is hopeless.

If they cannot prevent your homelessness, they can give you advice about other housing options that maybe available to you.

If you see someone sleeping rough in your area

Let your local council housing department know so they can help them. You can contact them using the details in our Local Council Directory

If you have an urgent housing problem

Your local council can assess most requests for help over the phone or in person at the Council Offices, which means you will not need to complete a housing application form.

They will base our decision on your housing circumstances now and not on your future housing need.

Information contained in this article may have changed since it was first published. Ezylet strongly advises you to seek legal advice from a qualified professional.

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