The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force 3 April 2018.

The act gives us additional responsibilities to help and prevent homelessness for anyone who is ‘eligible’ and at risk of homelessness, not just those who are in ‘priority need’.

It adds two new duties:

Duty to prevent homelessness

Lambeth will help those at risk of losing stable accommodation within 56 days. This means people should get help in finding a new letting as soon as they receive valid notice from their landlord, not just when they have a shorter term bailiff’s note.

Duty to relieve homelessness

Lambeth will have a duty to help all who are homeless to secure suitable accommodation, regardless of whether they are intentionally homeless or in priority need. This means that everyone who is eligible will be offered help in finding a home and ensure that the true scale of homelessness is recorded. Customers without a ‘Local Connection’ to Lambeth may be referred to a Council where there is a connection.

If neither of the above steps work and a household remains homeless, then those who are not in priority need will not necessarily be entitled to more help.

Read more about the act on the Government fact sheets.