Homelessness - Applying for housing

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless within the next 56 days you may be entitled to emergency temporary accommodation.

Prevention duty

If we have reason to believe that you are threatened with homelessness and are eligible for assistance, we must take 'reasonable steps' with reference to your assessment, to help you avoid becoming homeless. 

Once triggered, the prevention duty will continue for 56 days (or longer if a valid section 21 notice has expired and no alternative accommodation has been secured), unless it is brought to an end via one of the prescribed conditions. You will have a right to request a review of a decision to end this duty. 

Relief duty

If you are already homeless when you approach for assistance, we must take 'reasonable steps' with reference to your assessment, to help you to secure accommodation for at least six months unless we decide to refer you to another local authority due to having ‘No local connection’ to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  

Interim accommodation duties owed to people under the existing provisions (section 188) continue to apply during this stage, the duty to provide accommodation to people who we have reason to believe may be homeless, eligible for assistance and in priority need,  pending a decision on whether the council is obliged to provide some form of longer term settled accommodation.

For more information please read our guidance on how to apply for accommodation in the borough.