Statutory guidance

Homelessness changes in the Localism Act 2011: supplementary guidance

This guidance explains the changes that the Localism Act 2011 makes to the homelessness legislation.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance has been incorporated into the new Homelessness code of guidance for local authorities which came into force on 3 April 2018.

Applies to England


Supplementary guidance on the homelessness changes in the Localism Act 2011 and on the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012

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This statutory guidance explains the changes sections 148 and 149 of the Localism Act make to the homelessness legislation. It explains in practice how the new power, that allows private rented sector offers to be made to end the main homelessness duty, should work and what local authorities should do as a consequence of the new power’s introduction.

This guidance also explains the requirements of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012. The Order requires local authorities to put in place arrangements to ensure that the private rented sector offer accommodation that is suitable.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with existing statutory homelessness guidance.

Published 8 November 2012