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Explanation of how housing law differentiates between different categories of people in housing need, and the duties Councils have regarding

Explanation of how housing law differentiates between different categories of people in housing need, and the duties Councils have regarding

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  • Owner occupation is the most prevalent form of occupation in the UK, but after some years of decline, the private rented sector has seen a rise in the last few years Managing expectations You mentioned that your co-ordinators wanted a “ session for us on how best to support clients with housing needs and the right kind of language to use when completing forms with them ” – that could be a tall order! Supporting clients with housing needs is often best done by passing them onto a specialist agency – but I am intrigued by the question of what is the ‘right kind of language’ to use. What happens if the housing a person is living in becomes unsuitable for their needs?
  • We will focus on how to secure more suitable accommodation for someone who doesn’t need full time residential care.
  • Housing Act 1996
  • Reasonable to continue to occupy means that a person may have a home but if it is extremely unsuitable then that person may be treated as homeless
  • Low threshold to make application Link between homelessness and access to permanent housing – currently!
  • Post localism the authority can simply exclude anyone who is not making a community contribution
  • Localism allows councils to issue fixed term secure tenancies (called ‘flexible’ secure tenancies)
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    • 1. Jackie LeesShelter London Advice ServicesHousing Options
    • 2. Housing Options Family and friends Private renting Owner occupation Shared ownership Social housing Hostels Refuges Sheltered housing
    • 3. Safety net accommodation Temporary accommodation for the homeless – homeless application Residential care through social services – community care assessment
    • 4. Homeless acceptances England
    • 5. Five tests of homelessness
    • 6. HOMELESSNESS – legal definitionA person is homeless if there is nowhere in the worldthat :they have a legal right to occupy andis available for their whole household andis reasonable for them to continue to occupyA person is threatened with homelessness if they arelikely to become homeless within 28 days 6
    • 7. QUIZ: Who is automatically in priority need?Can you identify the correct five cards?
    • 8. Automatic priority need
    • 9. Homelessness and allocations
    • 10. QUIZ: Localism – which is true?1. Councils will no longer use temporary accommodation because they will only use the private rented sector to house homeless people2. Councils will have to house someone again if they become homeless after two years of accepting PRS housing3. The priority need categories are changing
    • 11. PRSPostlocal ism
    • 12. Access to ‘permanent’ social housing
    • 13. Demand for social housing
    • 14. Who gets social housing? You need to look at the local authority allocations policy – and remember, they are all different! Apply to join the housing register – bid or wait for offer
    • 15. QUIZ: What difference does localism make?1. No difference at all2. Local authorities can choose who to allow onto the housing register3. Local authorities will have greater powers to suspend people on the housing register
    • 16. LB Who is this for? ExamplesBarnetBand 1 People who need a home urgently Life threatening medical condition and cannot remain in own homeBand 2 People who need a home and do A working family with low paid something for the community jobs, with young children, who are about to become homelessBand 3 People who need a home but no A non working family with community contribution award three children in a one bed flatBand 4 People who need housing but have People who have rent arrears lower priority and people with no priority need as homeless
    • 17. And what will you get? Lifetime or fixed term tenancy Social or affordable rent
    • 18. Shelter London AdviceServicesProvide free, confidentialand independent housingadviceTo anyone who ishomeless or experiencinghousing problems withinthe London area
    • 19. We can advise on:Tenancy problemsDisrepairIllegal evictionNeighbour nuisanceHousing benefit
    • 20. Homelessness andunsuitable housingMortgage problemsPossession actionDomestic violenceHousing register
    • 21. Surgeries for face to face advice
    • 22. Any questions?