The Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy can be downloaded below.
Will I be offered temporary accommodation?
Temporary accommodation will be provided while your homelessness is being investigated if we believe you are homeless, eligible for assistance and in priority need.
You will continue to be provided with temporary accommodation if the Council decides it owes you the main duty to secure accommodation for you.
Where will I be offered temporary accommodation?
The Housing Supply Team arrange temporary accommodation taking into account the statutory requirements on local authorities in accordance with Housing Act 1996 (as amended), the Suitability of Accommodation Order 2012 and the Homelessness Code of Guidance.
The Council will endeavour to offer you temporary accommodation in the District, however sometimes there is simply no accommodation available and you will be offered temporary accommodation out of the District. Your personal circumstances will be taken into consideration when the Council considers the suitability of the temporary accommodation you are offered.
- Access to local support links
- Health factors
- Caring responsibilities
- Welfare and safeguarding of children
- Any associated risks (for example domestic abuse)
- Any other special circumstances
If you are offered temporary accommodation out of the District, the Council will look to move you into temporary accommodation in the District as soon as this becomes available.
Further information can be found in the Temporary Accommodation Placement Policy.
What type of temporary accommodation will I be offered?
Some temporary accommodation properties are self-contained and have their own kitchen and bathroom. However please be aware you may be offered temporary with shared facilities (such as sharing a kitchen) if no suitable self-contained accommodation is available.
In an emergency and where simply no other temporary accommodation is available, you may be offered bed and breakfast accommodation.
You may be asked to move from one temporary accommodation property to another at short notice. If you are asked to move, we will aim to give you at least 24 hours notice where this is possible.
What if I refuse temporary accommodation?
If you refuse temporary accommodation which the Council considers to be suitable, it is likely the Council will end the interim duty to provide you with temporary accommodation while your homelessness is being investigated. If you are owed the main housing duty and you refuse temporary accommodation, the Council may end its duty to secure accommodation for you.
Conditions of occupation
You will be asked to sign an occupancy agreement when you are provided with temporary accommodation. The terms of the occupancy agreement will depend on the type of accommodation you have been given, however it is important you read this.
A breach of the terms of the occupancy agreement could result in you losing your temporary accommodation and the Council ending its duty to provide you with temporary accommodation or securing accommodation for you.
Can I get help paying my rent?
Depending on your income and savings you may be entitled to apply for Housing Benefit to help you pay the rent. You can apply for Housing Benefit online, the Housing Supply Team will explain this process when you sign-up for temporary accommodation at the Council Offices.