Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs (2018/19)

London boroughs are required by law to either provide accommodation to homeless households (the main homelessness duty), work to stop households becoming homeless (the homelessness prevention duty) or relieve homelessness when it does occur (the homelessness relief duty).

  • The extent and nature of homelessness duties owed by different boroughs varies significantly. Brent was the borough that owed the most households a relief duty, at 3.19 per 1,000 compared to the London average of 1.57. At 1.39 per 1,000, Hammersmith and Fulham owed the most households the main homelessness duty, and Haringey was the borough owing the most prevention duties - 4.3 per 1,000 households.