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Homeless duty outcomes

Key points

  • In 2014 most of the 12,000 households that left temporary accommodation (7,100) were discharged into an assured tenancy agreement (a long-term tenancy agreement with a registered social landlord). Another 250 rejected such an offer and were no longer eligible for assistance. Both of these figures are slightly lower than in 2011.
  • 1,000 households moved into a shorthold tenancy (in the private rented sector) in 2014. While this is still a minority of households (9%), it is double the number of 2011.
  • The number of households losing their entitlement to assistance because they were deemed to be intentionally homeless has also sharply increased, doubling from 460 in 2011 to 980 in 2014.

Homeless duty outcomes

What does this graph show?

Households remain in temporary accommodation under the local authority's homelessness duty until they have moved to settled accommodation or lose their entitlement to assistance, at which point the council has 'discharged' its duty. The graph compares the destinations of households no longer classified as statutory homeless in London in 2014 with 2011; in both years 12,000 households were discharged.

In 2014 most of those 12,000 households (7,100) were discharged into an assured tenancy agreement (a long-term tenancy agreement with a registered social landlord). Another 250 rejected such an offer and were no longer eligible for assistance. Both of these figures are slightly lower than in 2011.

1,000 households moved into a shorthold tenancy (in the private rented sector) in 2014. While this is still a minority of households (9%), it is double the number of 2011. Since November 2012 the Localism Act has allowed local authorities to discharge their homeless duty to the private rented sector regardless of the household's preferences. The initial tenancy must be for at least a year and deemed suitable for the household. Previously a household could reject such an offer and remain within the homelessness duty. In 2014 150 households that were discharged had rejected such an offer (in 2011 they would have remained under the duty). The number of households losing their entitlement to assistance because they were deemed to be intentionally homeless has also sharply increased, doubling from 460 in 2011 to 980 in 2014.

Data used

P1E Homelessness returns, DCLG; the data is for London.

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015