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Cumbria Choice

Allerdale Borough Council

Allerdale  Local Lettings Policy

 

1.1     Cumbria Choice is the new way for Registered Providers to let properties across the county. The scheme allows registered applicants to choose where they want to live from the housing that is available. Properties will be advertised and the applicants can express an interest in the properties that meet their requirements. The applicant with the highest priority who has bid for a given property will be offered that property.

 

1.2     However it is important that in certain parishes, only local people are allowed to bid for properties. A local lettings policy has been adopted by Allerdale Borough Council to enable applicants with a local connection to the parishes referred to in point 1.5 to be given priority over other applicants who have no local connection whatever Band the applicants has been placed into.

 

1.3     The parishes where housing is to be restricted are: Cockermouth, Keswick, Borrowdale, Above Derwent, Lorton, Caldbeck, Underskiddaw, Bassenthwaite, St Johns, Castlerigg and Wythburn.

 

1.4     These parishes have lost many properties through Right to Buy and the few remaining homes in these parishes are rarely available for re-letting to local people at an affordable rent. In addition, it is difficult to get planning permission in these parishes and therefore it has been agreed that when properties become empty they are only allocated to local people who have links with their community and who help contribute to a sustainable local community.

 

1.5     To qualify for a property in Cockermouth parish, the applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • Resident in the parish for at least five years or previously resident in the parish for at least three of the last five years.
  • Has a family association with an existing resident of at least five years residence in the parish. Family association means spouse, civil partner, parent, children, brothers or sisters and included step children, step brothers and step sisters.
  • Has permanent employment in the parish, or has accepted the offer of such employment.  The Registered Provider should obtain confirmation from the employer that the person is in employment and that the employment is not of a casual nature.

 

1.6     To qualify for a property in Keswick, Borrowdale, Above Derwent, Lorton, Caldbeck, Underskiddaw, Bassenthwaite and St Johns, Castlerigg & Wythburn parishes, the applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • Continuously resident in the locality defined for three years immediately prior to occupation.
  • In continuous employment in the locality defined for at least the last 6 months and for a minimum of 16 hours per week immediately prior to occupation. The Registered Provider should obtain confirmation from the employer that the person is in employment and that the employment is not of a casual nature.
  • A former resident who wishes to return to the locality defined having completed a post-secondary (tertiary) education course within the last 12 months prior to occupation and who immediately prior to attending the course lived in the locality defined for at least three years.
  • Currently in the Armed forces, in prison, in hospital or similar accommodation whose location is beyond their control, and immediately before moving to this type of accommodation lived in the locality defined for at least three years.
  • Needs to live in the locality defined because they need substantial care from a relative who lives in the locality defined, or because they need to provide substantial care to a relative who lives in the locality defined.  Substantial care means that identified as required by a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency.
  • A former resident who lived in the locality defined for three years and then lived outside the locality defined for social and/or economic reasons and is returning to live in the locality defined within three years of the date of their departure.

 

1.7     Applicants will have to confirm that the details supplied are true and correct and no false information is supplied. If the Registered Provider grants a tenancy on the basis of information that is false, or misleading, steps will be taken to repossess the property.

 

1.8     The policy may be extended and monitored in the future, if particular              parishes develop a greater housing need and if applicants who meet         the above criteria begin to find it difficult to be allocated a home compared to applicants who have no qualifying criteria.

 

 

 

 

(Adopted by Delegated Decision

1 May 2014)

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