Introduction of a pre-allocation risk assessment
The council is concerned that the number of tenancies that end in the first year of the tenancy is increasing. This applies particularly to flats.
The main reason for this is that the tenant cannot afford to live in the property. Many tenants need additional support to manage and maintain their tenancy and we want to ensure that we target any help, advice and support to those who need it most.
We are proposing to change the way that we will assess an application for housing. We will require all applicants to complete an extra form that will ask for additional information to help us assess whether a person can manage a tenancy and if they need additional support to do so.
If there is evidence that an applicant would be unable to comply with the terms and conditions of a tenancy, for example, by not having sufficient income to pay the rent and other charges, then the applicant will not be able to bid for properties until they can demonstrate that he or she is able to comply with the council’s housing tenancy agreement.