Stop waiting – make your
by Richard Belbin
From 3rd March, if you are waiting to
hear about the offer of a council home – stop waiting!
New offers will no longer be sent to those on the waiting
list. Instead applicants will be able to visit their local
Housing Office, or the city centre Property Shop, to choose
from whichever properties are available.
‘Choice Based Lettings’, as the
scheme is called, have been trialled in the south of the city
since 2001, with the large majority of users finding it an
improvement over the previous system. Applicants can see what
properties are available, in every part of the city, and put
in an offer.
The advert for each property will say what sort
of household will be considered, for example the minimum numbers
of people for the property, and they will then be allocated
according to how long someone has been on the waiting list,
rather than by the current points system – though there
will also be special priority for people with an ‘urgent
and immediate housing need’.
Properties will be also be advertised in the
Ad Mag and online at:
For those people who cannot get to an office,
home phone calls will be made upon request, and Housing Services
are working with a wide range of community groups, and translating
information about the service into thirteen languages to ensure
that no one misses out on the new system.
By letting properties quicker, not only will
the service to tenants be improved, but the Council will also
have increased spending power, due to the extra revenue from
the lettings and savings on repairs, since properties will
be empty for short periods and so will not be vandalised.
For more information contact Burngreave Housing