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What to do if it’s not safe for you and your family to stay in your home, you’re homeless or about to become homeless.

First published:
18 May 2020
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It is important that you and, or your family are safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Homeless or about to become homeless

If you are homeless, or are worried about becoming homeless, there is support to help you. You should get advice as early as you can.

You could be homeless if you are:

  • temporarily staying with friends or family
  • staying in a hostel or bed and breakfast
  • living in very overcrowded accommodation
  • at risk of violence or abuse in your home
  • living in poor conditions that affect your health
  • living somewhere that you do not have no legal right to stay, for example a squat
  • living somewhere that you cannot afford to pay for
  • forced to live apart from your family, or someone you would normally live with, because your accommodation is not suitable for you to live in (such as, it is overcrowded or you have a disability and your home is no longer suitable for your needs)

If you are about to lose your home and become homeless your local authority could help you find a home.

You should get in touch with your local authority as soon as possible to see what support they can offer you. They may be able to help you stay in your current home through the pandemic, if it is safe to do so.

They can also tell you about organisations who can offer support in your area.

Repairs to your rented home and self-isolating

Your landlord or letting agent is still responsible for keeping your home in good repair, even during this pandemic. If your home is not safe because it needs repair you should tell your landlord or letting agent.

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