It’s not usually a good idea to leave home before you’re 18, but if you’re 16 and over you can leave home without your parents’ or carers’ consent. You’re unlikely to be made to go back home unless you are in danger. If you’re feeling desperate, try to get advice before you pack your bags.

London is an expensive city, and there is a shortage of cheap accommodation, particularly in housing hotspots like Hackney. This means renting may be your only option if you’re looking for a place on your own.

If you’re faced with an emergency, and don’t have anywhere to stay, you need to get advice as quickly as you can. If you think you may be in danger of becoming homeless, the Council will do everything possible to help you resolve your situation.

If you are looking for financial support to get you a room, it may be possible to get housing benefit.

Your first step is to apply for an interview with the Council’s Housing team: Young Hackney workers can help you to arrange this if you need. Call in at your local Young Hackney centre for advice.

At the interview with the Housing team, you will get advice on finding somewhere to live, or advice on managing your rent payments. You need to be aware there is a severe shortage of Council and Housing Association accommodation in Hackney, so it may not be possible to find this kind of accommodation. However, at the interview you will also get advice about renting in the private sector and about improving conditions in your present home so you can stay where you are.

Once you have had your application registered, depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to bid for vacant council housing association properties. For more information about this please call 020 8356 2135.

More information

If you need information, you can read these information sheets: