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LLP for Petham Green

 

Local Lettings Plan for 1st Lettings

New-Build Bungalows, Petham Green Gillingham

 

Guidance

 

This locally developed lettings plan is guided by Medway Councils priorities, and is compliant with Medway Councils overall Allocations Policy

 

1.  Description of sites

Petham Green is a development of 6 x 1-bedroom bungalows, built to wheelchair user standard.

 

2. Aim

The aim of this local lettings plan is to allocate to those in housing need and to create a thriving and sustainable community.  It will also aim to assist those households who are under occupying social housing properties to downsize which will release much needed larger social housing stock in Medway for allocation to larger households.

This Plan is intended for 1st lettings of the properties.  Subsequent lettings will be in line with the current Allocations Policy.

 

3.  Age distribution and child density

As the properties are all 1-bedroom homes, it is not anticipated that any will be let to households with children.

 

4.  Allocation and lettings

All applicants for wheelchair accommodation will need to have an identified requirement for this type of dwelling, which has been confirmed by supporting medical information.  If not enough applicants for wheelchair accommodation can be identified at the time of letting, properties will be let to those with an identified need for level access living, and/or level access bathing facilities.

To enable existing Council housing tenants who are under occupying their current accommodation to move to smaller accommodation and free up larger Council housing properties, 100% of the bungalows will be let to Medway Council transfer applicants using the following criteria, in priority order:

  • Medway Council transfer tenants who are under occupying and in need of wheelchair suitable accommodation
  • Medway Council transfer tenants who are under occupying and in need of level access living, and/or level access bathing facilities
  • Medway Council tenants who are under occupying
  • Medway Council transfer tenants with other rehousing priority

 If it is not possible to let all 6 properties from within the pool of Medway Council transfer tenants, the following criteria will be followed in order:

  • Social Housing transfer tenants within Medway who are under occupying and in need of wheelchair suitable accommodation
  • Social Housing transfer tenants within Medway who are under occupying and in need of level access living, and/or level access bathing facilities
  • Social Housing transfer tenants who are under occupying
  • Other Households
  • Any Medway Council voids created by moves to the new properties, will be re-let via Medway Homechoice in line with the general Allocations Policy.

5.  Other criteria

  • Nominations for transfer tenants will be visited by a Housing Officer prior to a formal offer
  • Where a transfer applicant’s property has not been maintained in accordance with the conditions of the tenancy, Medway Council Landlord Services reserves the right to withdraw an offer
  • Where a transfer applicant or member of the household is the perpetrator or associated with serious and/or ongoing nuisance or anti-social behavior at their current home, or had any legal action taken against them including a Notice Seeking Possession, Medway Council Landlord Services reserves the right to withdraw an offer
  • Applicants must not have been evicted for nuisance or anti-social behavior from any previous addresses.  Discretion may be used if an applicant can show that they have over a period of not less than three years rectified their behavior
  • Applicants will be expected to have an up to date rent account and a satisfactory rent account history.  Discretion may be used if any arrears relate to a delay in payment of Housing Benefit or UC Housing Allowance.
  • Any debts that are owed to Medway Council Landlord Services must be paid prior to an offer of accommodation, unless the monies owed can be cleared as a result of any incentive payments that may be applicable as a result of moving to smaller accommodation. 
  • Consideration may be given to allocation of property where arrears are evident and tenants can evidence that the arrears are only caused as a result of the bedroom size criteria due to under occupation.   Any decision will be based on an agreement for a payment plan to be signed by the tenant to clear the former tenancy arrears, or where the arrears can be cleared by any money payable under a downsizing incentive.
  • Applicants and members of the household must not be connected to any activity in the use or supply of drugs, or any alcohol or substance misuse.
  • Applicants and members of the household will not have any outstanding criminal convictions or recent criminal convictions that would impact upon the management of the tenancy or the local community.
  • Applicants will not have any outstanding or current tenancy notice for any breaches of tenancy.
  • Any person considered to be in need of support to maintain their tenancy will not be made an offer of accommodation without evidence that appropriate levels of support are in place

 

6. Monitoring

This Lettings Plan will be monitored to measure

  • Whether the properties have been let in accordance with this Lettings Plan
  • How the subsequent voids caused by these initial lettings were used
  • The number of households taken out of spare room subsidy
  • The reduction in social housing stock that is under-occupied

 

7. Responsible Officer

Overall responsible for effective delivery and monitoring of this plan is with the Head of Housing .