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The local authority has a duty to provide immediate accommodation to anyone who “might be” homeless, eligible for assistance and might have a priority need:

  • “Eligible for assistance” refers to immigration status or recent residence abroad, if there is any doubt as to whether or not someone is eligible, then accommodation should be secured whilst the local authority makes inquiries and comes to a decision
  • Anyone who is told he or she is not “eligible” should urgently seek legal advice
  • All adults who have dependent children (usually interpreted as aged 18 or below) will have a priority need
  • Anyone who is aged 16 or 17 has a priority need
  • Anyone who is made homeless as a result of an emergency such as a fire has a priority need, so all residents made homeless from Grenfell Towers should be treated as having a priority need.

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Immediate housing duties owed to victims of fires