Birmingham City Council

Homeless decision

Depending on your circumstances, the decision
on your homeless application will be one of the following:
  1. not eligible for assistance
  2. eligible for assistance, not homeless
  3. eligible for assistance homeless, not in priority need, as defined by Part VII of The Housing Act 1996
  4. eligible for assistance homeless, in priority need, as defined by Part VII of The Housing Act 1996, not intentionally homeless, and have a local connection with Birmingham
  5. eligible for assistance homeless, in priority need, as defined by Part VII of The Housing Act 1996, but intentionally homeless
  6. eligible for assistance homeless, in priority need, as defined by Part VII of The Housing Act 1996, not intentionally homeless, but have a local connection with another local authority other than Birmingham.
On completion of investigations into your homelessness, you will be provided with the decision in writing.

Discharge of homeless duty

Where the city council accepts that it has a duty to provide suitable alternative accommodation, it will:

  • make one offer of suitable accommodation. This will be made in writing
  • ensure the offer, which can be any type of property, such as flats and maisonettes is large enough for you and your household (if any)
  • generally make the offer anywhere in the city. However, we will take into account any exceptional reasons for needing to stay in a particular area of the city
  • the property offered will usually be a council tenancy or assured tenancy from a registered social landlord
  • we may also offer you an assured shorthold from a private landlord. However, you can refuse it and we will still have a duty to provide another offer.
You can accept an offer and still ask for a review of its suitability. Where you refuse the offer of a council tenancy or assured tenancy from a registered social landlord, the city council will have considered it has discharged its duty to you. If you are in temporary accommodation we will start eviction proceedings against you and your household (if any).

If you fail to contact us when an offer of accommodation has been made, we will assume that you have refused this offer. You will then be responsible for finding your own accommodation, but you can get advice and assistance on the various housing options from your local neighbourhood office. If you are in temporary accommodation your assigned caseworker or hostel staff will be able to assist.