Unhappy with our decision? Ask for a review or appeal.
Updated: 07 Mar 2014
If you tell us you are homeless we will investigate your claim. There are six possible outcomes to our investigation:
- You are not eligible for housing assistance, but you are homeless and have a priority need. We will offer you temporary accommodation for a limited period only. You will not be considered for social housing at this time, but you may be considered at a future date. This decision can only be applied if you are a UK resident.
- You are eligible, but not homeless. You can still apply for Housing Executive and housing association accommodation under the Housing Selection Scheme.
- You are eligible and homeless but not in priority need. We will give you information to help you find your own accommodation. You may also apply for Housing Executive and housing association accommodation under the Housing Selection Scheme.
- You are eligible and homeless and you might be in priority need. You may be offered temporary accommodation until we have completed our enquiries.
- You are eligible and homeless and in priority need but intentionally homeless. You may be placed, if you wish, in temporary accommodation for a reasonable period to allow you to find your own accommodation. You may also apply for Housing Executive and housing association accommodation under the Housing Selection Scheme.
- You are eligible and homeless and in priority need and homeless through no fault of your own. You will be provided with a permanent home. If a permanent home is not immediately available temporary accommodation can be provided.
If you disagree with a decision taken by the Housing Executive in relation to your eligibility for homelessness assistance, or in relation to what duty (if any) is owed to you as someone who is homeless (or threatened with homelessness) or in the suitability of accommodation offered in discharge of the executive’s duty then you have the right to request a review. A request for a review should be made within 28 days of receiving notification from the Housing Executive.
The procedures for requesting a review are set out in a leaflet - click on the link below to download it.
County Court appeal
In you are dissatisfied with the review decision you may appeal to the County Court on a point of law within 28 days of receiving the review decision. The court may grant leave for an appeal to be brought after the end of the 28 day period only if it is satisfied that there is good reason why you were unable to bring an appeal on time.
If, in support of your application, you deliberately make false statements or knowingly withhold information which you know to be relevant, you are committing an offence under the Housing (NI) Order 1988 and you are liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.