Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Corporate Head of Housing advised that the report proposed an amendment to the Council’s allocation policy for Surrey Towers, primarily owing to the lower demand for properties, resulting in empty property voids taking longer to let and impacting on rental income.
The Local Lettings Policy would see all properties advertised in the normal way, with additional options to provide an additional bedroom and then actively seek out key workers.
A Member highlighted that antisocial behaviour was often cited as a reason for low uptake of properties, and a number of disparate matters needed to be addressed to improve the reputation. Officers added that the policy was not intended to provide a quick fix for social issues, but would provide more flexibility for the management of the Council’s housing stock and would be reviewed after one year.
The Corporate Head of Housing reported that a consultation event had been held with residents to promote the policy, whilst prospective residents would need to be made aware of the potential to have to pay more in social size criteria.
Members approved the Local Lettings Policy.
Report author: Andy Vincent
Publication date: 18/09/2023
Date of decision: 07/06/2023
Decided at meeting: 07/06/2023 - Housing Committee