Homelessness

If you are at risk of losing your home you should contact the Housing Options and Advice Service as quickly as possible:

  • We may be able to prevent or delay you from becoming homeless by advising you on your legal rights or negotiating with your landlord or the person you live with
  • We cannot offer accommodation to everyone at risk of homelessness
  • We can advise you about your housing options
  • If you have dependent children or are pregnant or if you are vulnerable through age or ill health we may have a legal duty to provide emergency accommodation

What happens if you become homeless?

  • We will try to prevent you from becoming homeless by negotiating with your landlord or the person you live with, or if this isn’t possible, by helping you to find other accommodation
  • The council may have a legal duty to assist those who have dependent children or are pregnant and those who are vulnerable, if they become homeless
  • If you are a care leaver or have dependent children or pregnant or vulnerable through age, ill health, having served in the forces or a custodial sentence or from fleeing violence, or if you have an emergency such as fire or flood or other special reasons, we may have a legal duty to provide emergency accommodation
  • If you are aged under 18 and are homeless or threatened with homelessness our children’s services may have a duty to assist you
  • If you do not have children and are not vulnerable for one of the reasons above you may need to find your own accommodation
  • If we do offer you emergency accommodation it is likely to be in a hostel or bed and breakfast

If we have a statutory duty to assist you then you may be offered a property through our Private Renting Scheme. We have a Placement Policy to determine the locations where we are able to offer you a property. For more information on this, please see our Placement Policy

If you are sleeping rough, London No Second Night Out or Camden Safer Streets Service may be able to help you to find a hostel place, if they find you sleeping outside.

You can get more information about services for homeless people from the organisations below:

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