Temporary accommodation

We may provide you with temporary accommodation on the day you become homeless if we have reason to believe you are:

  • Homeless
  • Eligible
  • In priority need

Temporary accommodation is very limited. If it is possible for you to stay with family or friends on a temporary basis whilst we assess your application this can be agreed with your caseworker under certain circumstances.

Types of accommodation

Depending on what we have available when you become homeless you may be offered one of the following:

  • Bed and Breakfast (B&B) 
  • Hostel
  • Supported accommodation 
  • Annexe (usually managed by a B&B)
  • Council Managed accommodation
  • Accommodation in the private sector (managed by the Council through a private landlord)

Temporary accommodation often has shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. If you are pregnant or have children and are placed in B&B accommodation with shared facilities, you will join a waiting list of families for an offer of suitable temporary accommodation as soon as possible.

You should be aware that many of our temporary accommodations have a no pets policy, therefore you will need to make temporary arrangements for them to be housed elsewhere.


The cost will depend on the type and size of accommodation we provide you.

If we book you into temporary accommodation you will be seen by one of our Finance Team who will tell you the charges and costs you will need to pay for any accommodation offered to you.

If you are on benefits or on a low income the Finance Team will help you complete a Housing Benefit form which may support you with some of the costs of your rent. However, Housing Benefit will not cover the cost of any B&B service charge, or if you are in a self-contained temporary accommodation you may still have to pay council tax and utility charges.

Failure to keep up with any rent or service charges may result in us taking steps to evict you from the accommodation.

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