Prevention of Homelessness Duties

Date: 2nd February 2022
Category: Basic Health and Welfare

THE WORD CONSULTATION AGAINST A YELLOW BACKGROUND

Closing date: 31st March 2022

This consultation invites your views on the introduction of new duties through a Housing Bill expected in 2023 and changes to existing homelessness legislation to ensure homelessness is prevented at an earlier stage.

Under the Housing Bill, a range of public bodies and landlords will have new duties to prevent homelessness, as well as responsibilities relating to strategic and joint planning.

Changes to existing homelessness legislation include a proposal to extend the duty to take reasonable steps to prevent homelessness, to maximise the housing options available to people and to prescribe what reasonable steps may include.