Housing options interview

Housing options interview

You will be interviewed and be asked to give further details of your situation. Our first priority will be giving you advice to help you remain in your current home.

We will explain your options, if you decide to make a homeless application.

We will check that you are:

  • eligible for assistance
  • homeless or threatened with homeless
  • considered a priority need
  • not intentionally homeless
  • you have a local connection

Each of the above terms has a particular legal meaning, which is explained below.

Eligible - some groups of people who have lived abroad are not eligible for help from Central Bedfordshire Council if they are homeless. You will usually be eligible for assistance if:

  • you live in the UK
  • you are a British citizen
  • and you have not recently spent time living in other countries

Homeless or threatened with homeless - in order to decide if you are homeless, we have to look at any accommodation that you have access to, and whether or not you are at risk of homelessness in the next 28 days.

  • you can be considered homeless if you have no home in the UK, or anywhere else in the world, where you can live together with your immediate family
  • you may also be homeless if the property you live in is no longer suitable or safe for you

In Priority need - we will look into your circumstances to decide if you are in priority need according to the law.

You may be in priority need if you or one of the people included in your application falls into one of the following priority need categories:

  • pregnant women (and people who live with them)
  • people who are responsible for dependent children
  • people made homeless by fire, flood or other disaster
  • if you are aged 16 or 17
  • some care leavers
  • if you are particularly vulnerable

If you are not considered to be in priority need the enquiries into your Homeless Application will end and you will be given a written decision giving you advice and support for other options.

Intentionally homeless - we may decide you have made yourself homeless if you deliberately did something or failed to do something. This could be because you:

  • didn't pay your rent or mortgage when it was considered affordable to do so
  • were evicted for anti-social behaviour 
  • chose to leave a property that was reasonable for you to remain in
  • arranged to be made homeless, i.e. arranging for your landlord to evict you

This list is not exhaustive; each case is assessed on its own merits.

Please be aware that should you be found intentionally homeless, we will have no duty to provide secure accommodation.

What do I need to bring with me to the meeting?

Please bring with you the below documents:

  • your passport or driving licence for each adult in the household
  • birth certificates for any children
  • income details, payslips or benefit award letters.
  • copy of any tenancy agreements
  • copies of any possession orders, bailiffs warrants , notice to leave letters etc.
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