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Council accommodation

Council accommodation

The council operates a choice-based lettings system. This allows people who appear on its Housing Register to bid for available properties and offers are made according to the council's published policy. We aim to match peoples’ housing needs with suitable accommodation. We also aim to allow more flexible allocations of housing within particular estates to extend applicants’ choice and to encourage sustainable communities.

The Housing Solutions Team is responsible for the maintenance of the Housing Register, allocating council properties and dealing with any changes to the circumstances of your council tenancy.

How to contact us

Housing Solutions Centre
73 Low Pavement
Town Centre
(01246) 345 700

Access to housing management services

We are open between:

  • 8.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10am and 4.30pm on Wednesdays
  • 8.30am and 4pm on Fridays

A Housing Solutions Team member will see anyone who calls in to the office during opening times and who wishes to have a discussion.

We aim to see people within ten minutes of their arrival.

We offer appointments during office hours for people who wish to see an officer.

We are available by telephone during office hours.

Service standards for applying for housing and allocating housing

We will register new applications within ten days of receiving them.

We will send a letter to applicants giving information about their applications within five days of registration.

On this letter, we will give the name, location and telephone number of the officer dealing with the application.

We will give advice and information about the application on the applicant’s request.

We will review the application each year.

The housing allocated will be suitable to meet the housing and housing-associated needs of applicants.

We will interview all applicants before allocating housing.

Getting empty homes ready for letting

We will let empty properties within three weeks of the end of tenancies.

We will ensure that the home meets acceptable standards.

See more Housing Service standards.

Last updated on 15 March 2016