If you're homeless, or think you might soon become homeless then your local authority might have a duty to re-house you under homelessness regulations.
For this to happen you'll need to meet a number of criteria:
Having a manageable chronic illness may not be deemed priority need on health grounds by many local authorities. If your only health problem is managed HIV, even if this requires medication, then you are unlikely to be deemed to have a priority need for this reason alone.
If you satisfy all the above requirements, the local authority will have a duty to house you. If you don't, it will only have a duty to advise you. If you need to talk these things through, get in contact with THT Direct.
Remember: if you're applying for rehousing based on homelessness to the local authority, it has the following duties:
Your local authority also has a duty to give you a decision in writing. For the decision to be valid it needs to set out your right to ask for a review and the reason for the refusal.
In the event that you are not happy with the decision you should ask for a review within 21 days of the date of the decision. It is important you act as quickly as possible and so at this point we suggest that you call THT Direct who will try to signpost you to housing specialist in your area.
If you are not entitled to be re-housed under the homelessness regulations you should ask the local authority for further advice and look for private rented accommodation.
If you don’t have enough money for your deposit you should find out whether your local authority has a guaranteed deposit scheme which may help you with this.
You might also be eligible to claim Housing Benefit to help you with your rent. Follow this link for further information on finding accommodation.
You can also talk to one of our Online Advisors.
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