Affordable Rented Properties
The Government has introduced a new and more flexible form of social housing, known as Affordable Rent, which will be offered by housing associations on some of the properties advertised in the Homemove magazine. These properties will be advertised with rents set at no more than 80% of the local market rent. Tenants who bid and are successful on these types of properties will be offered a flexible tenancy which will last for a minimum of five years.
Please make sure you look carefully at the advert before you bid to see what type of tenancy is being offered. If you have any questions about a property you should contact the landlord of the property directly.
Click here for additional information about how Affordable Rent properties are let in Mid Sussex.
Affinity SuttonStarter Tenancies
Affinity Sutton will offer all new tenants a Starter Tenancy for 12 months. During this time extra support is given and if the tenancy is conducted satisfactorily it will be converted to a permanent Assured Tenancy.
Brighton & Hove City Council
New Tenancy Strategy
The Localism Act 2011 makes it a statutory duty for each local authority to produce and publish a strategic Tenancy Strategy that will guide providers of social housing in development of their Tenancy Policies.
A Tenancy Strategy must set out a framework for providers of social housing (housing associations and councils) informing them of what local authority’s expect them to have “regard to” when developing their respective tenancy policies in the following areas:
- the type of tenancies they will grant (fixed term or lifetime)
- the circumstances under which they may grant one type of tenancy and not the other
- the length of fixed term tenancies and when they may either be extended or terminated
The Brighton & Hove Tenancy Strategy also considers the new Affordable Rents that have been introduced by the Government to support the development of new social housing and how we can make sure they remain genuinely affordable.
THe full document is available to read below:
Tenancy Strategy 2013
Brighton & Hove's local lettings policy for Sheltered Housing schemes
In line with Brighton and Hove’s Local Lettings Plan for Sheltered schemes, first priority to move will be given to existing tenants within the same scheme; and second priority will be given to existing tenants who are living in another Brighton and Hove Sheltered scheme.
If you would like to discuss this or would like to speak to someone about Sheltered Housing in the city please call the Sheltered Housing Team on 01273 293255.
Priority for Working Households and those making a Positive Contribution to the City
To ensure that Brighton & Hove City Council promotes a positive contribution to the community up to 50% of all permanent social housing stock will be advertised with a priority being given to those who can show that the ingoing primary tenant(s) is/are working or is making a positive contribution to Brighton & Hove City. To ensure that the policy helps those on low incomes the following income caps apply:
For those needing a 2 or more bedroom property an income cap of £35,000 pa gross,
For households needing studio or 1 bedroom property an income cap of £17,000 pa gross income.
For the purposes of this Allocations Scheme employment is described as having
- permanent contract,
- working as a temporary member of staff or
- being self-employed.
Applicants will only qualify if the worker:
- has been employed for 9 out of the last 12 months,
- is currently in employment and
- is working for a minimum of 16 hours per week.
Verification will be sought at point of application as well as point of offer under the same terms. Applicants must provide payslips, P60, bank statements or a verifying letter on headed paper in order to qualify (we may also contact employers directly for confirmation of employment) and any other relevant information we may need.
Full Time Carers
- Volunteering for a continuous period of at least 6 months up to the point of application and the same at point of offer.
- Volunteering must be for a not-for profit organisation or a charity and must be for a minimum of 32 hours per month.
- Letter from Manager responsible for Volunteers confirming applicant’s involvement in a minimum of 32 hours per month of voluntary work in the requested area for over 6 months.
- The Council reserves the right to refuse that volunteering is relevant for the Policy where it is in variance with Council policy and procedure.
Work & positive contribution and disability
- If the prime applicant(s) provide care in an area of the City, the priority may be applied for in the area in which they provide care.
- Carers must have been providing for a continuous period of at least 6 months up to the point of application and the same at point of offer.
- Proof that full time care is required (this will be in the form of a care assessment from Adult Social Care or Children and Young Persons Trust in Brighton & Hove City Council)
- A copy of the carers allowance that is being paid and proof of receipt of this.
Anyone with a proven chronic long term disability who works or volunteers (irrespective of hours
Phone: 01273 293 130
When contacting the Homemove Team please make sure they have your up-to-date landline, work and mobile phone numbers.
For information on the Homemove Service Review Group for Brighton & Hove applicants please click on the link below.
homemove service review group
Wealden District Council
Wealden District Council - Fixed Term Tenancies
From 1st June 2013 Wealden District Council will be offering fixed term tenancies to all new tenants except for anyone entering:
- Sheltered housing or
- A bungalow designated for older people and people with physical disabilities
This means that all new Council tenants will be offered an introductory tenancy followed by a five year fixed term tenancy called a “flexible fixed term secure tenancy”. Anyone entering sheltered housing/designated bungalows will on expiry of their introductory tenancy be granted a standard secure tenancy.
At least 9 months prior to the end of the flexible fixed term secure tenancy an assessment will be carried out of the households circumstances which will consider economic, social and the health situation of the household. The assessment will look to see whether there has been any changes to the household’s circumstance and to consider issues such as:
- Could they afford a housing solution in the private sector?
- Are they under-occupying their home?
- Has there been a breach of the tenancy conditions?
The assessment could result in:
- No new fixed term flexible secure tenancy being offered and notice being served. If the tenant/s fail to comply with the notice possession proceedings will be taken.
- A new tenancy being granted for a further 5 year fixed term.
- The tenant being transferred to alternative accommodation within Wealden's own social housing stock or to a housing association property.
For more information on the Council’s policy:
Housing and Care options for older people in East Sussex
Click here for a guide to services in East Sussex that can help older people live more comfortably or independently at home, and the options available to those who decide to move in later life. It is written for older people who rent their current homes as well as those who are owner-occupiers, regardless
of their income or savings.