United Kingdom

State of Housing Rights in United Kingdom

There is no constitutional right to housing in the United Kingdom. Homeless people, however, have been recognized as having the right to a home in legislation. The main objective of the 2002 Homelessness Act is to settle the region’s homeless in accommodations by 2012. Under this plan, all unintentionally homeless will be entitled to settled accommodation. In terms of the Council of Europe, the UK has signed the Revised European Social... More


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In the United Kingdom, homelessness is criminalised under the Vagrancy Act of 1824, which makes rough sleeping a criminal offence in the case that a person persistently sleeps rough. Courts may...