Ending relief duty and interim accommodation duty because refused offer of accommodation with reasonable prospect of 6 months / intentionally homeless
A letter for notifying a homeless applicant that the s.189B relief duty and s.188 interim accommodation duty has ended because:
- the applicant refused an offer of suitable accommodation, and
- on the date of refusal there was a reasonable prospect that suitable accommodation would be available for at least six months.
The relief duty can be brought to an end for this reason under section 189B(7)(c) of the Housing Act 1996.
This particular letter is for when:
- the applicant has refused an offer of suitable accommodation (not a final offer under s.193C)
- there was a reasonable prospect of the applicant having suitable accommodation for six months
- the applicant is occupying interim temporary accommodation (secured under s.188 of the 1996 Act) which you are bringing to an end
- you have decided the applicant became homeless intentionally
- the applicant is not therefore owed the main housing duty (under section 193 of the 1996 Act), but
- the applicant must be secured temporary accommodation for a short period (under section 190 of the 1996 Act).
Note on suitability
The letter includes a comprehensive explanation of matters you may need to consider when deciding whether the accommodation wass suitable for the applicant.
You should edit this section of the letter as appropriate.
The precise factors that must be considered will depend on the facts of the particular case. The circumstances will dictate which statutory provisions are relevant, including for example whether you must consider the matters listed in Article 3 of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012.
You may wish to condense the suitability section of the letter.
User Social Landlord or Local Authority
Document Type Letter
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