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Unfortunately Henry Hyams is not able to take on any new Housing Law cases. If you are a tenant in residential accommodation in the Leeds area and require legally aided housing advice, please try Gallagher & Co on 0113 467 5000.

The law surrounding homelessness is complex. There are a number of hurdles that you have to leap in order to satisfy the local authority that they have a duty to re-house you.

The local authority will consider you homeless if you do not have a place to stay or if the place you are staying in is not considered reasonable to occupy. For example, your home may have been flooded; you may have been the victim of harassment at your home; you may be fleeing domestic violence.

The local authority does not agree to re-house every person that they find to be homeless, or if they do it may not be immediate. It may be that you are considered to be intentionally homeless by an act or a failure to act on your part. It may be that the local authority accepts you are homeless, but that you are not in priority need and therefore not entitled to emergency accommodation.

These are all issues that our housing team can advise you on. We can help you navigate the application, review and appeal process and give you honest and clear advice at all stages.

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