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Allocations and transfer policy

Allocations and transfer policy

The council has changed the way it allocates housing. The changes mean we can:

  • comply with government guidance
  • respond to current housing needs
  • address the unacceptable number of new tenancies that breakdown in less than 12 months

We are introducing a new way of assessing applications so that we can consider if applicants are able to afford to pay their rent and meet other household expenses. We will ensure that support and assistance is provided to people who are unable to do this. We may, for example, decide not to offer someone a home if the risk that they would be unable to afford it is too high.

How we support tenants

The council has a number of measures in place to support tenants, particularly young, first-time tenants. These include:

  • expanding our in-house support for tenants
  • a tenancy training scheme for young tenants
  • a housing education project delivered in schools
  • a supported accommodation scheme for young people
  • exploring the feasibility of providing furnished accommodation for young people

Summary of changes

In summary, the changes are:

  • introduction of a 12-month residency requirement
  • introduction of a pre-allocation risk assessment
  • direct matching to discharge our statutory duty to rehouse applicants in the priority band
  • reintroducing points for children in flats in the transfer band
  • removal of lodging points
  • delegated responsibility for minor policy changes to the executive member for housing
  • ending of the sub-regional scheme

New housing allocations policy

The following policy describes how we will allocate and transfer housing.

Housing Allocations Policy 2015 (pdf 131 KB)

Last updated on 15 August 2017