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Homelessness Act 2002

Other functions relating to homelessness

11.The Act provides for:

  • the abolition of the two year limitation of the period during which a housing authority had been subject to the main homelessness duty;

  • abolition of the duty on housing authorities to consider whether other suitable accommodation is available before they can secure accommodation themselves;

  • additional circumstances in which the applicant can bring the main homelessness duty to an end by accepting an assured tenancy; and

  • a new power for authorities to secure accommodation for unintentionally homeless applicants who do not have priority need.

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