Home Choice Lincs Allocations Policy
Home Choice Lincs is the partnership of North East Lincolnshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, Ongo Homes, Lincolnshire Housing Partnership, Longhurst Group, Sanctuary Housing & The Guinness Partnership. It was launched in 2010 as a way to jointly advertise affordable homes available for rent.
 
Our allocations policy is the document that sets out how we will ensure our homes are allocated in a fair and transparent way. It shows how we assess people’s housing needs and award them the correct priority banding. We periodically review this policy to ensure that we are still meeting the needs of our customers.

  • Band 1: Urgent priority
  • Band 2: High priority
  • Band 3: Medium priority
  • Band 4: Low priority

We are considering making some IMPORTANT changes and we'd like to hear your views:
In the collecting and using of your personal data for the purpose of this consultation, we will at all times act in accordance with the Data Protection Act. For further information on how we process your personal data including your rights and who will have access to your personal information please see our overall consultation and engagement Privacy Notice on our engagement framework webpage: www.nelincs.gov.uk/consultation-and-surveys/engagement-framework/
People who have succeeded the tenancy of a property from a family member from one of our partner landlords

We currently award Band 3 priority to applicants who have the right to take over the tenancy of a family member that need to move to alternative accommodation. This could be due to the property not being suitable for their needs because of its size or type.

We are proposing to change this priority and award any applicants affected in this way to Band 1 priority. This is because remaining in a property that is too large for them or unsuitable can cause hardship and place them at risk of homelessness, so we need to assist them to move as quickly as possible:

Home Choice Lincs should place people who have succeeded to a tenancy from a family member to a Band 1 priority; To what extent do you agree?
 
Please tell us why
Management Transfers

We propose to place current tenants of partner landlords in need of an urgent move due to being found to be at risk in their current property to Band 1 priority.
 Currently, depending on their individual circumstances they could be in any band priority.

Home Choice Lincs should award current tenants who are at risk in their current home Band 1 priority; To what extent do you agree?
Please tell us why
Fixed Term Tenancies

Some of our transferring applicants may have been signed to fixed term tenancies. When this tenancy ends the tenant may be asked to find alternative accommodation. We propose to place anyone affected in this way to Band 1 priority. Currently, depending on their individual circumstances they could be in any band priority.

Home Choice Lincs should award current tenants who need to move on from their fixed term tenancy to Band 1 priority; To what extent do you agree?
Please tell us why
Expectant mums and people with children under the age of 10 residing in flats

This is only relevant to North Lincolnshire properties where landlords agree to families living in high rise flats. It is still the individual's choice of which properties to bid for.

We currently award Band 2 priority to expectant mums and families with children under the age of 10 if they are living in a flat above the 3rd floor. We propose to remove this priority.

Home Choice Lincs should no longer award Band 2 priority to expectant mums and families with children under the age of 10 if they are living in a flat above the 3rd floor; To what extent do you agree?
Please tell us why
People sharing facilities

We currently award Band 3 priority to applicants sharing facilities with another household. This is regardless of whether they are overcrowded or at risk of homelessness. We propose to remove this priority. It’s not seen as unreasonable by the Partnership to share facilities with friends and/or family. However, your housing needs will be assessed if you are at risk of homelessness or overcrowding.

Home Choice Lincs should no longer award Band 3 priority to applicants sharing facilities with another household; To what extent do you agree?
Please tell us why
Applicants failing to attend viewings without telling the relevant landlord

Anyone failing to attend viewings without telling the relevant landlord, or applicants failing to respond to any form of communication from Home Choice Lincs or members of the partnership, are currently suspended from bidding for properties for a 3 month period. We propose to amend this to 6 months.

Home Choice Lincs should suspend those failing to attend viewings without telling the relevant landlord, or those failing to respond to any form of communication from Home Choice Lincs or  members of the partnership,  for a 6 month period; To what extent do you agree?
Please tell us why
If you have any further comments about the Home Choice Lincs allocation policy, please write them in the space below.
What is your ethnicity?
Is English your first language?
What is your age?
What is your gender?
6. If any of these proposals went ahead, would it have any negative impacts on any person with the following characteristics that are protected by the Equalities Act?
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