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Housing (excluding Council Housing)

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The Homesearch Housing waiting list service
The Council:
- Assesses over 3,000 Homesearch Housing Waiting List Application Forms and prioritise in accordance with the Homesearch 2 allocations scheme per year.

- Puts together detailed housing need assessments of applicants who ask for additional priority on the waiting list.
- Maintains a housing waiting list of over 4000 households.
- Supports and assists vulnerable applicants who need help in applying for housing.
- Advertises vacant properties to enable applicants to choose which homes to apply for.
- Allocates up to 500 Council & Housing Association vacancies per year.

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Housing Grants & Improvements
The Council:
- Administers grants for disabled people to enable them to access and make use of  their homes.
- Administers renovation grants and loans to improve the conditions of properties in the district.
- Ensures private rented properties comply with relevant legislation and policy

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Homelessness and housing advice service
The Council:
- Gives free and confidential advice to all members of the community on housing rights, housing options, tenancy law and illegal eviction.
- Works to prevent homelessness by provision of mediation services (to prevent family evictions), debt advice, mortgage rescue schemes, sanctuary schemes (to prevent homelessness due to domestic violence), Night Stop and other measures.
- Provides loans for damage deposits to enable applicants who may otherwise be homeless to rent privately.
- Makes assessments of decisions on applications for housing under the homelessness legislation.
- Provides emergency and temporary housing for homeless applicants in priority need where prevention has not been possible.
- Assesses and allocates supported housing and floating support for housing applicants who need help in maintaining a tenancy.
- Operate a private sector leasing scheme working with private landlords to offer temporary housing.

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Housing Development
The Council works with our partner Housing Associations and developers to provide affordable Homes. 21 new properties were completed during 2014/15.

Updated: 22 Dec 2015
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