Procedures for referrals of homeless applicants to another local authority

These procedures and guidelines concern the situation where, under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996, a local housing authority consider that the conditions for referral of the case to another local housing authority are met and notifies the other authority of its opinion. Referrals are discretionary only.

The main function of the voluntary guidelines on procedures is the avoidance and resolution without resort to legal proceedings of disputes between local authorities concerning local connection and homeless applications. 

This agreement has been amended in order to take account of legislative developments and changes, including the new Homelessness Reduction Act duties. The LGA hopes that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government will include this agreement within the text of the revised Homelessness Code of Guidance.