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Minor amendments to Dacorum Borough Council’s Housing Allocation Policy

Published: Thursday 17 November 2016

Following a report agreed by the Portfolio Holder for Housing recently there have been some minor amendments to Dacorum Borough Councils Allocation Policy.  The amendments are summarised below.

  • The Council has made a commitment to increase accessibility to sheltered accommodation and allows applicants aged 60+ who own their own property, to bid for accommodation on the register. However with housing need growing, it is important that properties are allocated to those without the means to secure themselves suitable alternative housing.  Section 4.4 of the Policy has now been amended to reflect that where applicants have sufficient financial means to purchase alternative accommodation within the Dacorum area that is suitable for their needs they will not be eligible for an allocation.

 

  • The Council want to retain village connections and enable those households with residence, employment or family association within a village to be prioritised when bidding for accommodation.However on review of the last 12 months an increasing numbers of village properties have beenre-advertised as no local connection bids have been received. Section 8 of the allocations policy has now been amended to clearly demonstrate how the Council will manage village lettings if no bids are received from applicants with a village connection.

 

The amended Housng Allocations Policy is available in the Information section above under 'Housing Strategies and Policies'.  If these changes may affect you or you would like to discuss your application please contact the Council by email HousingOptions@dacorum.gov.uk or telephone 01442 228000 and asking for ‘Housing Options’.

 


Dacorum Borough Council changes its Housing Allocations policy to help families

Published: Thursday 14 April 2016

Dacorum Borough Council’s Housing Allocations Policy now has an additional bedroom standard so that some families can bid on a wider range of homes. It is hoped that this change will reduce the current high demand for two bedroom properties.

Families will still be able to bid for properties based on the existing bedroom standard which means they are considered overcrowded if they have siblings of different genders aged 10 or over, or same-sex siblings aged 21 or over. However, they will now also be able to bid for properties based on the new bedroom standard that calculates overcrowding if there are:

• siblings of different genders aged 5 or over, or

• same-sex siblings aged 16 or over.

As a result some families will now be able to bid for both 2 and 3 bedroom properties. For example this could be a family with a boy aged 8 and girl aged 4 or another family with two boys aged 14 and 17.

 

Applications will not change automatically, so if this change affects you and you would like your application to be amended please contact the Council by email HousingOptions@dacorum.gov.uk or telephone 01442 228000 and asking for ‘Housing Options’.