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National Homeless Advice Service

Intentional homelessness

When young people makes a homelessness application, the housing authority can decide that they became intentionally homeless if they have deliberately done (or not done) something that caused them to lose their accommodation.

For example, young people are sometimes found to be intentionally homeless when they are evicted by their parents due to their behaviour.

Local authorities must form a view on whether an applicant is intentionally homeless in the light of all their enquiries about that particular case. Where the original incident of homelessness occurred some years earlier and the facts are unclear, it may not be possible for the housing authority to satisfy themselves that the applicant became homeless intentionally.

If the accommodation that was lost was not reasonable for the young person to continue to live in, for example due to disrepair, or abuse or violence, they should not be considered to be intentionally homeless.

The young person should not be considered to be intentionally homeless if the acts that led to homelessness were not deliberate. This could be the case, for example, if the young person has mental health difficulties that led to behaviour that led to eviction.

See Shelter Legal: Intentional homelessness for more information.