Placement Policy 2020
Brentwood Borough Council (the Council) has statutory and non-statutory duties to assist homeless households. The Council works hard to prevent homelessness, however not every prevention case is successful and some households will require temporary accommodation (TA).
TA is provided whilst a Part VII Housing Act 1996 (the Act) homeless application is being assessed. The legal term for this is ‘interim accommodation pending enquiries’ (as per s.188 of the Act).
TA is also provided where a legal duty to provide permanent accommodation has been accepted by the Council and permanent accommodation is being sourced (as per s.193 of the Act). TA will also be provided in other circumstances where applicable (for example under the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol).
The Council’s primary aim is to provide accommodation within the Borough of Brentwood whenever possible, but unfortunately this is not always achievable. The Council is dependent on actual accommodations being available, often at very short or no notice.
The Council has adopted the Placement Policy 2020 which outlines the approach taken to the above.
The policy covers both the provision of TA under the Housing Act 1996 and any offers of Private Rented Sector Offer (PRSO) accommodation.
The policy is compliant with the Housing Act 1996, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation Order 2012) and has regard to the Homelessness Code of Guidance, as well as relevant case law.
View the Placement Policy (pdf)