Request a review
You will be told in a decision letter if you have a right to request a review of a decision or offer of accommodation we have made under the following circumstances:
- You are not eligible or do not qualify to join the housing waiting list
- You are not entitled to a settled offer of housing following your homeless application
- Your temporary accommodation is unsuitable following the Council accepting a full homeless duty
- Your settled offer of accommodation is unsuitable following the Council accepting a full homeless duty
- The length of tenancy offered
You must request a review within 21
days from the date you receive your letter.
If you have concerns about a decision made that is not listed above you should contact your allocated caseworker on the contact details they have provided you.
If you have concerns about an accommodation offered that is not listed above you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to request a review
To request a review verbally or to see someone in person you should contact your allocated caseworker on the contact details they have provided you.
Alternatively you can email email@example.com. You should include the following in your review request:
- Reference number (found at the top of the decision or offer letter)
- Date of birth
- Current Address
- Contact telephone number/email
- Reasons for requesting a review i.e. why you think the decision is
wrong or why the offer of accommodation is unsuitable. You should also let
us know if there is any further or new information which you think
should have been considered when our original decision was made. We
will ask for any supporting evidence at a later date.
What happens next
We will acknowledge your request for a review and tell you about the procedure that will be followed.
Your case will be reviewed by a senior officer who was not involved in making the original decision. There is no requirement for a person who is independent from the council to be involved in the review.
You will be given the opportunity to provide more information about your situation and may be invited in for an interview. It is important that you tell the reviewing officer any other information that needs to be considered; otherwise the review will be based on the facts that are already known about your circumstances.
A decision on your review will normally be made within 56 days (eight weeks) from the date that you asked for the review. Once the review has been completed, you will be informed in writing of the decision we have reached.
The letter will explain:
- What decision has been made on your review
- What information has been used to come to this decision
- The reason for the decision
- That you can appeal against the decision to the county court if you think the decision is legally incorrect, and the time limit for doing so