Homelessness

Appointments and Contacting the Housing Team for help:

We are currently not doing face-to-face appointments. All appointments are now done over the phone, we will arrange a time to call you that is suitable for you.

We may need you to email documents to us, you can do this by taking a clear photo of your documents on your phone.

If you have a local connection to the Harborough District and you are homeless tonight and you have nowhere to go then please complete the homelessness assistance form online. If you cannot complete the online form, then you can call the contact centre on 01858 82 82 82 or email us at hhs@harborough.gov.uk.

For more information from the council on Coronavirus please click here.

Emergency Laws:

The Government has announced new emergency laws to help protect tenants and help out landlords. Currently your landlord must give you at least 6 months notice to leave a property before they can apply for an eviction warrant. In some circumstances they can evict you sooner, for example if you have 6 months rent arrears or are involved in anti-social behaviour.

They have also announced a mortgage holiday for homeowners and landlords, there is advice for landlords here.

At the end of the crisis period though you will still owe your rent, so you should work with your landlord if you are struggling with your rent. Please call the council if you are worried about paying your rent or mortgage.

During the crisis you must prioritise paying your rent and essentials like food and utilities. You may not get any help with money if you have spent your income on non-priorities.

 

What to do if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

All local authorities have a duty to provide advice and assistance to those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. However, we have more duties to help those who have a local connection to the Harborough District. If you think that you do not have a local connection to Harborough District then you should contact your own local council first.

If you do have a local connection to the Harborough district and you have been asked to leave the property you live in but you have nowhere else to live please complete the Homelessness Assistance form online as soon as possible. You can complete the form on a computer, smart phone or tablet. The form is very short and easy to complete and it should take no longer than 10 minutes. If you are unable to use the internet please call the Housing Team on 01858 82 82 82.

When we receive your Homelessness Assistance form we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to discuss your situation.

We know that there are lots of reasons why someone might become homeless or not being able to live in their home anymore, you may find more useful information in the links at the bottom on this page. You can also find out more information if you do not feel safe in your own home.

Are you homeless now?

If you have a local connection to the Harborough District but you have nowhere to sleep tonight you should Register as Homelessness online. You can complete the form on a computer, smart phone or tablet. If you are unable to use the internet please call the Housing Team on 01858 82 82 82.

Outside of office hours, you can talk to our out-of-hours service who may be able to assist you until the next working day. You can contact our out-of-hours service on 01858 82 82 82 when you will be advised of the telephone number to contact, an Officer will assess whether the authority has a duty to provide you with temporary accommodation.

If you do not feel safe in your home there may be other support available to help you as well.

When we receive your Homelessness Assistance form we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to complete a full homeless application with you,

We will ask you to provide documents such as proof of your ID, your previous address, any medical conditions, notice from your landlord or parents asking you to leave.

What is a homeless application?

When you approach the council as homeless or threatened with homelessness you will be allocated a Housing Advisor who will complete a full homeless declaration with you. Your Housing Advisor will interview you to find out about your situation and they may have to contact other people, such as your landlord or your parents for more information.

Your Housing Advisor will provide you with advice and assistance that will help you resolve your situation. This might include helping you to join the housing register to apply for social housing, helping you to find a private rented property in the area you wish to live or referring you to a homeless hostel.

In some cases we may not be able to help you directly, for example if you do not have a local connection to the district, however we will always provide advice on where you can go to find assistance and we may be able to make a referral to your own local council.

If we can help you your Housing Advisor will provide you with a Personal Housing Plan (PHP) identifying the steps you should take to prevent or relieve your homelessness. There will also be steps for the Council to take to help you resolve your homelessness. Your Housing Advisor will make enquiries into your declaration of homelessness in order to decide whether the Council has a statutory duty to assist you in securing permanent, settled accommodation.

You can access your PHP, appointments made with your Housing Advisor and any letters they have sent you on your online portal. Your online portal is the account you set up when you completed your Homelessness Assistance form, if you were helped to complete the form over the phone or in the council offices you can still access your online portal at home, on your computer, smart phone or tablet.

The council has to look into your situation in detail, it is very important that you tell us the correct information. We may have to contact other organisations about your circumstances (such as your landlord, doctor or social services) and this will help us to make a decision on why you became homeless and what help we can give you.

If you are intentionally homeless (this means you have done something to make you lose your home, such as not paying your rent) or not considered to be in priority need then we may be limited in the help we can give you.

How we will use your information:

If you or someone in your household receives help or advice if you are homeless or likely to become homeless, we will provide advice and assistance to you. As part of providing this service we will share your personal information (including your name and date of birth) with the Department for Communities and Local Government who will use this for research purposes.

We will only share your information with people you have given us permission to share information with.