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Views needed on new Council housing letting policy

People across Mansfield and Ashfield are being asked to give their views on a new policy which sets out how social housing within the two Districts is allocated to tenants.

Ashfield and Mansfield Homefinder, which is the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) housing partnership between Mansfield District Council, Ashfield District Council and local housing associations, is revising its Choice Based Lettings policy following the introduction of new Government legislation.

Changes to the CBL policy follow on from the introduction of the Localism Act 2011 and new government guidance to councils about the allocation of accommodation. The changes mean that councils will have more freedom in deciding on how they allocate their properties.

The Allocation of Accommodation Guidance offers guidelines on which groups of people should be prioritised for social housing - for example ex-members of the Armed Forces and their families. It also identifies groups who do not qualify for housing, such as owner occupiers, who are already suitably housed.

Some of the other proposed changes to the Homefinder policy include:

  • excluding applicants who have a history of anti social behaviour,
  • excluding applicants who have serious rent arrears, and
  • giving priority to applicants who have young children under the age of five living in a flat above the ground floor or lacking access to a garden.

To find out more about all the proposed changes and to download the consultation response form, visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/homefinderconsult

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 2 November 2012.

Cllr Mick Colley, Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Housing Needs at Mansfield District Council, said: "We are committed to helping the most vulnerable members of the community access suitable homes that meet their needs. Homefinder allows us to make sure we make best use of our social houses in the district. I am proud that we are also able to provide more help to returning veterans and their families."

Published 22 October 2012

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