Our Enquiries

The law says that the Council must look into your circumstances to assess what type of help we can provide.

The first things we will investigate are:

(1) Eligibility this is a complex area of the law and will depend on your nationality, your immigration status and whether you normally live in the UK.  If you are not eligible the Council will need only to provide advice and assistance to you.

(2) Homeless or at threat of homelessness within 56 days we will assess whether you currently have accommodation available, whether it is reasonable for you to return to continue living there and whether you are actually homeless or at threat of homelessness.

If we are satisfied that you are eligible and homeless (or threatened with homelessness) we have a duty to work with you, we will complete an Assessment and a 'Personal Housing Plan' which will list steps that both the Council and you can take to solve your identified needs.

This duty to prevent or relieve homelessness is owed to any eligible applicant who is homeless (or at threat of homelessness within 56 days), regardless of their circumstances.  However, we will have further duties to homeless applicants who are in priority need.

To establish priority need we will look at the following:

  • Have you any dependent children in your household; are you or a household member pregnant?
  • Are you vulnerable, for example due to your mental health, age or disabilities?
  • Are you 16/17 years old or a relevant care leaver?
  • Have you lost your home due to an emergency such as a fire or flood?

If we deem you are in a priority need group, we will provide you with temporary accommodation while we work together on a solution to your housing situation. 

Regardless of whether you are in priority need, we will try to prevent your homelessness within 56 days.  If we are unable to assist you in resolving your homelessness during this time, we will then look at your local connection to the Breckland district:

  • Have you lived in the Breckland district for 6 out of the last 12 months, or 3 out of the last 5 years?
  • Do you have a permanent contract of employment within the Breckland district?
  • Do you have a close relative who has lived in the Breckland district for at least 5 years (mother, father, sister, brother, adult son or daughter over 18 years old)?
  • Are you are fleeing domestic abuse or other special circumstances?
  • Are you connected to the Armed Forces?

We may refer you to another Council for more help, if it is safe to do so and there is insufficient local connection with Breckland Council.

If you do have a local connection with Breckland, are in priority need and our attempts to work with you on relieving your homelessness within 56 days are unsuccessful, we will consider whether you have lost your last settled address because of something you have deliberately done or failed to do.  This is known as intentionally homeless some examples of what the law states are:

  • Have you left a property when it was reasonable for you to stay?
  • Did you fail to pay rent or mortgage payments which led to your eviction?
  • Have you lost your home due to anti-social behaviour?
  • Have you received advice and decided not to follow it?
  • Have you asked someone to say that you must leave your accommodation?

There may be other reasons why we might deem you to be intentionally homelesswe will look into this very carefully, this is why it is important that you are honest with us about your situation and provide information when we request it.  This will effect whether we owe you a duty to make a final offer of accommodation.

Last updated: 10/01/2019 13:23:56