Prevention Duty

If you are threatened with homelessness within 56 days you will be owed the Prevention Duty. If you are already homeless you will move directly onto the Relief Duty. During the Prevention Duty we must take reasonable steps to prevent any eligible applicant from becoming homeless, regardless of priority need status, intentionality and whether they have a local connection. This can involve assisting you to stay in your current accommodation or helping you to find a new place to live.

We will always aim to prevent you from becoming homeless and will provide you with comprehensive information and advice to enable you to solve your own housing situation. Some of the prevention options which we may explore with you might include:

Personalised Housing Plans

We will carry out an assessment of your circumstances and your needs and will work with you to create a Personalised Housing Plan. Your Personalised Housing Plan will set out the reasonable steps that you will take and the reasonable steps that we will take to prevent you from becoming homeless. Your plan will contain actions which are mandatory and may also contain recommended steps which could relate to your wider circumstances.  If you are working with other agencies we can involve them with your plan and share it with them, with your consent. Your Personalised Housing Plan will be reviewed on a regular basis with a Homeless Prevention Officer.

If you deliberately and unreasonably refuse to cooperate with the required steps identified within your Personalised Housing Plan then you could be issued with a warning letter advising you of the actions that you need to take. If you continue to deliberately and unreasonably refuse to cooperate you could then be issued with a notice which will bring the Prevention Duty to an end.

Ending the Prevention Duty

The Prevention Duty can be ended in the following ways:

  • if we have successfully prevented you from becoming homeless or we find you alternative accommodation which is available for at least 6 months
  • if you withdraw your application or we are not able to make contact with you
  • if you cease to be eligible for Housing Assistance
  • if you lose accommodation that has been provided to you under the Prevention Duty – you will then be owed the Relief Duty
  • if you become homeless during or at the end of 56 days – you will then be owed the Relief Duty
  • if you deliberately and unreasonably refuse to co-operate with your personalised housing plan – you will then be owed the Relief Duty

You will be notified in writing if the Prevention Duty is going to end. If you disagree with a decision to end your Prevention Duty you can request a review of this decision.