From the 3rd April 2018 local housing authorities will have new duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
Those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and are dealt with under the new duties will be placed into the Gold Plus or Silver Plus band depending on their local connection, although Reduced Preference may also be applied as appropriate.
This will be until the Prevention and/or Relief Duty is ended or a homeless decision has been made, when the banding will be reassessed.
Find out more information about the Homelessness Reduction Act here
Whether you are looking for privately rented accommodation or social housing you will need to have everything in place to ensure that you can accept a tenancy and move in.
You need to work out what is the maximum rent that you can afford and how you will furnish the property as it is unlikely to have carpets, kitchen appliances or other furnishings.
There are a number of websites that can help you to create a budget by calculating your income and outgoings such as rent, gas and electricity, water rates and Council Tax to help you to decide what is affordable to you.
It is likely that you will need to make a rent payment in advance and have a bank account to set up regular rent payments by direct debit or standing order to your landlord. If you need help to furnish your property, your Council’s Housing Options Team might be able to direct you to local furniture recycling projects..
The links below provide you with helpful advice and budgeting tools: