Having no accommodation seems like a very simplistic way of describing homelessness. However, the law around homelessness is complex and even the simplest of definitions can raise complications.

Section 55(1) of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 deals with this first category of homelessness.

A person is homeless if there is nowhere in the world, which they are entitled or permitted to occupy:

  • Legal interest – freeholder, lessee, tenant
  • Express or implied licence – lodger, employee,  relatives
  • Rule of law – e.g. rights under marriage, statutory  tenant

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