If you are young and you want some advice about housing, it is important to get the right help. 

1. Know your rights

As a young person, you need to understand what your housing rights are so that you can get the right help and support when you need it. 

You could be considered homeless, and entitled to help, if you:

– Have somewhere to live, but you can’t stay there because you are worried about your personal safety
– Have somewhere to live, but you can’t stay because your home is in very poor condition and a threat to your health
– Have nowhere that you can live together with your family
– Have been locked out of your home and you are not allowed back

2. Paying rent 

Paying rent is an important fact of life. If you do not pay your rent on time and debts are mounting, the problem is not going to go away without you doing something. Try not to let the problem get so out of hand you don’t know which way to turn. Make sure you: 

Claim the right benefits. Check what you are entitled to and ask Job Centre Plus for more information.

Talk to your landlord. They may be able to suggest things you could do or come to an agreement about how you can pay off any outstanding rent.

3. Get legal advice

If you are unsure of your housing rights or if you have received a letter from your landlord and don’t understand it, it is important to get some legal advice. Check if you’re entitled to legal aid.

4. Agencies and day centres

If you are homeless, there are centres and agencies that you can go to in the day time to get a cooked meal, have a shower, wash your clothes and use the facilities to help you look for temporary accommodation.

Check Homeless UK for your nearest service. 

For more information and advice, contact Shelter or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

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