Young people and homelessness

Housing rights if you're 18 or over

Once you're 18 years old, you have to apply to a local authority as being homeless to find out whether you qualify for housing.

Once you've completed your application, the authority will do a detailed investigation of your personal situation.

They will check:

  • whether you need emergency accommodation while your application is being looked at
  • whether it's reasonable for you to stay in your current place
  • whether your current accommodation suits your needs

If your homelessness application is unsuccessful, your local authority will send you a letter that explains why.  Even if this is the case, they may be able to give you more help on finding somewhere to live.  You may also be able to get financial help and benefit payments to help you.