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Council Housing

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has provided guidance to local authorities on the practice known as gatekeeping in relation to tenants who remain in properties after their notice to leave has expired. (309048)

The Department has issued statutory guidance to local authorities about responding to tenants of private landlords who apply to the local authority for housing assistance following receipt of a notice of intention to recover possession from their landlord. The guidance, at paragraph 8.30 et seq of the ‘Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities’, was issued in July 2006. The code of guidance is available in the House of Commons Library and on this Department's website at: