Job: Lettings Co-ordinator

Location: Midlands Soha is a successful community based housing association, recently awarded 3 stars for resident involvement and value for money. Based in Didcot, South Oxfordshire, we are seeking two energetic and motivated individuals to join our teams delivering tenancy services to our residents. This is an exciting opportunity to lead on projects and services [...]

Job: Lettings Lead

Salary: £24,688- £28,802 Location: Closing date: 12 August 2010 Fixed Term Contract Until March 2011 Trafford Housing Trust is keeping pace with the changing and evolving Housing sector. With 10,000 homes across the borough of Trafford, we are constantly striving to be at the heart of our neighbourhoods and to improve our services to customers. [...]

Social housing tenancies, allocations and lettings

There have been a number of announcements including: Proposals for a ‘freedom pass’ to help national mobility Piloting of a ‘right to move’ scheme in two London Boroughs Prime Minister’s observation that the coalition government will consider ending social tenancies for life. Details and commentaries can be found at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/newsroom/1664293 http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/1664130 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/03/lifetime-council-tenancies-contracts-cameron http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/housing-management/home-swap-scheme-to-helptenants-%20move/6511009.article http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/ihstory.aspx?storycode=6511017 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/04/grant-shapps-council-house-swap-scheme [...]

Fair and Flexible: making allocations work

There’s a statutory requirement for local authorities to have an allocations policy and to introduce an element of choice by the end of 2010. This is required even for local authorities that do not own stock. Wendy Murphy will lead this interactive workshop based on a new toolkit to enable you to undertake a full [...]

Reviewing housing allocations policy

Example of reviewing housing allocations policy from the Local Government Improvement and Development website – Rochdale Borough Council: http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=20159141 (Published June 2010).

New Social Mobility Pilot Unveiled

JobMoves – helping social tenants move for employment in the North The Northern Housing Consortium has unveiled an exciting new initiative funded by Communities and Local Government, aimed at improving employment mobility in the North. JobMoves is a 12 month pilot scheme designed to remove the obstacles that social tenants might face in taking up [...]

Choice-Based Lettings in the East Midlands

The East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership has produced a short video on CBL – see http://www.eastmidlandsiep.gov.uk/documents/case_studies/Video_Pages/Home_Sweet_Home.html. It focuses on a joint scheme in Ashfield and Mansfield. The Centre for Comparative Housing Research and the East Midlands Region of the CIH are running a seminar on the future direction for CBL on Tuesday 20 July [...]

National Fraud Initiative

Inside Housing reports that this initiative has so far helped to recover nearly 100 unlawfully sublet social houses – see http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/housing-management/fraud-drive-recovers-97-sub-let-homes/6509924.article. There is also a feature article on tackling fraud in an Inside Housing supplement on housing law – see http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/analysis/in-depth/catching-the-fraudsters/6510008.article.

Social Renting and Intermediate Private Renting

Inside Housing has a feature article on intermediate rent arguing that many households allocated social housing could have afforded intermediate rented property – see http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/story.aspx?storycode=6509797. It is based on a study by Hometrack.

Allocations and Medical Priority

There has been considerable coverage of the Adow versus London Borough of Newham decision – see http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/story.aspx?storycode=6509786 and http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/need-to-know/legal/stand-firm/6510004.article. It raises a number of issues including the practice of outsourcing medical assessments and the level of priority given to applicants with medical problems.

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