When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Passing or failing the eligibility test

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.

Failing the test

The Housing Executive is not responsible for finding you somewhere to live if you fail the test. They may ask you to

  • move out of temporary accommodation, and
  • arrange to collect any items they have stored for you. 

You can challenge the Housing Executive’s decision that you didn’t pass.

Leaving temporary accommodation

The Housing Executive will ask you to move out of temporary accommodation if you fail the tests. You may be able to stay in temporary housing for longer if

  • you are challenging the decision that you are not entitled to housing, or
  • you have children or are vulnerable in some way. 

Get advice if you’re not sure about your housing options.