What you can expect if staying in Bed and Breakfast accommodation for the homeless

The Council provides this type of accommodation as an absolute last resort for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

When placed by the Housing Advice & Information Service in this type of accommodation you can expect to;
  • Feel safe and secure
  • Have a lockable room which is clean and tidy, heated and equipped with a hand basin and hot and cold water
    (The Manager will provide a vacuum cleaner. You are then responsible for keeping it clean. You are responsible for the keys)
  • Have a regular change of bed linen
  • Have access to a clean and tidy bathroom, toilets, lounge, dining room and kitchen
  • Have access to lockable bathroom and toilets with toilet paper
  • Have a breakfast daily
    (Ask the Manager what time breakfast is available)

An officer from the Council will visit regularly to inspect the Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

Families and women who are pregnant:

Legislation came into force on 1 April 2004, which prevents local authorities from placing homeless families and pregnant females in Bed & Breakfast for more than six weeks.

Long- term stay in Bed & Breakfast is unacceptable as it can have a poor effect on health, diet and child development.

Ideally we would like all families to move straight into non-Bed & Breakfast temporary accommodation. However due to the limited housing stock within the Borough and the current refurbishment and work programmes being carried out by housing providers, occasionally we have to move people into Bed & Breakfast accommodation before then moving them into a temporary home.

If you have been allocated Bed & Breakfast accommodation please be aware of the following:

  • If your stay in temporary accommodation is likely to be longer than 6 weeks you will be required to move from Bed & Breakfast at/before 6 weeks into other accommodation within the Borough. Please note such accommodation may be provided by landlords other than Coast & Country Housing.
  • If you are offered a house on a temporary basis, where necessary, we will provide you with a furniture package.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to offer a choice of location for your emergency accommodation.
Please note if you refuse the accommodation you will not be allowed to stay in the bed & breakfast

General information:

The Bed and Breakfast will have House Rules that will be displayed. If you do not abide by these House Rules, the Manager will ask you to leave.
If you are asked to leave the bed and breakfast for any reason, you may not be offered alternative temporary accommodation and you could be found to be intentionally homeless.

  • You must return your room keys to the Manager when you leave.
  • Any belongings left at the Bed and Breakfast will be stored for 48 hours.
  • If you decide to leave the Bed and Breakfast, please contact the Homelessness Service immediately.
Further assistance:

If you require further assistance or have any queries or complaints, please contact Housing Advice & Information Service on (01287) 612444 or (01642) 774 774.


The information on this page is also available as a leaflet.

 icon B&B accommodation leaflet (BB Leaflet.pdf - 88.02k)
Last modified: 09/11/2006 08:16:40

Alternatively contact (01287) 612444 or (01642) 774 774 to request a copy.

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