Search

‘Havering homes for Havering people’ - council housing shake-up

11:35 18 April 2013

Cllr Kelly said tenants had been made aware that council home changes were coming

Cllr Kelly said tenants had been made aware that council home changes were coming

Archant

A far-reaching compendium of change in how council homes are allocated is now in force and includes a proviso of Havering homes for Havering residents.

It means applicants will only be allowed to bid for housing if they have lived in the borough for at least the last two years.

The changes prioritise people who are working, volunteering, serving or former armed forces personnel, and will take into account people downsizing and those who need to move in order to foster children.

This is known as the Community Contribution Reward.

There are also safeguards for disabled residents to make sure they don’t miss out.

Existing tenants with children and a good tenancy record - and currently living in a flat - will have a better chance of getting a home with a garden.

But tenant Mr Meade tweeted at the Recorder to ask why he was given “no warning” that he was no longer entitled to bid for a home.

He said: “Myself and quite a few others have had our accounts suspended [and] therefore cannot bid.”

He added: “So I’m after answers as to why no explanation/email/notification has been given as to why this has happened.”

But Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing, said that tenants had been contacted.

“We wrote to everyone on the housing register to inform them of changes to the allocations scheme and there have also been regular updates in the council magazine and on the website,” she said. “We also provided people with information regarding whether they would still qualify, and encouraged people to submit their information so they could be reassessed. In the next few weeks we will be writing to everyone affected to explain whether they are on the register, or the reasons behind their removal if not.”

She added that there had been a reduction on the housing register as a result of the changes.

“Many of them would have been disappointed as we could not have realistically housed everyone on the register,” she said.

The changes have been brought under the Localism Act 2011, which gives local authorities greater freedom over council home management.

From now on, new tenants will not be given a lifetime tenancy, but will be reassessed after three or five years depending on their need. This will not affect existing tenants.

Anyone who has any enquiries can email housingneeds@havering.gov.uk

0 comments

Latest News Stories

17:28
Crowds gathered in South Street. Picture: @JamesManktelow

Police needed back-up during a “huge fracas” in Romford town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning, in which officers were injured.

The Old Bailey

A nightclub tycoon was stabbed to death by his own son, who then bragged he “had the guts to stand up to him”, a court heard.

14:13
Andi Pemaj, of Andi Contractor Ltd, pleaded guilty to allowing a fly-tip to happen

Two more fly-tippers have been fined by courts as Havering Council reveals some the stranger items it has been forced to clear up.

11:51
Rehearsals at the Brookside Theatre in Romford for Nights on Broadway, a charity show in aid of the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step

Nights on Broadway will bring the sounds of the West End to Romford this week and we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder