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Intentional Homelessness

  • Acts or omissions in a tenancy resulting in eviction or unnecessary premature departure can be deemed by the benefits system as voluntary homelessness.
  • This can result in tenants being advised to remain until the landlord has gone to the time and expense of securing a court order thereby delaying eviction to provide respite for the overstretched Local Housing Allowance budget (LHA) meantime.
  • This adversarial approach often creates animosity which might not otherwise exist between a landlord and tenant.
Published: 8 November 2013 Last Updated: 17 November 2021