Our guide explains how to ask the council for help if you’re homeless now or might become homeless in the next 8 weeks: The council must help if you’re homeless or facing homelessness in the next 8 weeks.
This includes when you have a valid section 21 notice that ends in the next 8 weeks.
You can be homeless even if you have somewhere to stay if it’s not safe or reasonable for you to live there. For example, if you’re experiencing domestic abuse.
Find out when you count as:
- legally homeless
- threatened with homelessness
How the council must help
When you ask the council for help, you are making a homeless application.
The council must look into your situation to decide how they have to help.
How much help you get depends on your situation. Some people qualify for emergency housing while the council looks into things.
The council’s homeless team only has to give general advice and information if you don’t meet the immigration conditions.