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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Eligible for assistance test

You have to be "eligible" to apply for housing. You may not be able to get help with homelessness if

  • your immigration status means you cannot apply, or
  • you have been involved in certain types of antisocial behaviour. 

Certain people cannot get help with housing because their immigration status does not allow this. Get advice if you've been told that you can't get help with housing because of your immigration status. 

The eligibility test has two parts. It looks at 

You might not get help with housing if you have a history of "unacceptable behaviour".  

What counts as unacceptable behaviour?

Unacceptable behaviour means criminal or nuisance behaviour that would upset your neighbours. It is the kind of behaviour that could lead to you being evicted if you were already a tenant.  

If you pass this test the Housing Executive will have to check that you are also homeless, in priority need and that you’re not intentionally homeless. You might be entitled to temporary accommodation while this is happening.

If you pass all 4 homeless tests you’ll be a Full Duty Applicant and the Housing Executive will have to make 3 reasonable offers of housing to you.