The housing situation needs a review, I'm am not against anyone being giving a home but think there should be a rotation in place where families in flats for years are given the houses & the new on the list no matter what band are given the flats. Also more bungalows need to be built so the over 55 can downsize to free up more houses.
Thank you for your
comments and suggestions.
properties that new applicants can bid for are based on their priority banding
and the number of bedrooms required. Some new applicants may require larger
properties from the outset, making flats unsuitable in these circumstances. We can only consider rehousing tenants when their circumstances or priority changes.
This has been necessary due to the very high demand for larger properties which
we expect to continue.
Thank you for your
suggestion regarding downsizing. We are actively considering how to encourage
more tenants to downsize. At the same time we are working with our partners to
build more suitable properties to allow for this.
I live in another Midlands LA, and as a suggestion, they have stopped accepting applications from people with no housing need, equivalent of Homefinder's band 3A. So basically first port of call is to make a priority application if appropriate. This would reduce users, and manage expectations of applicants. Inevitably everyone in rented accommodation would like to benefit from social rent charges, so the people that are adequately housed would move their attention away from the local authority.
It is also a big issue I see, where people are purposefully living in unsustainable accommodation, in order to eventually fulfil a priority need, overcrowding as one example. Is it an option that the LA works with estate agents and private landlords in order to reduce them letting to families who would over occupy the property?
Hi and thanks for your suggestions.
Having a housing register only for those with a housing need is an option we're aware of and are exploring. As you mention, there are pros and cons to this approach, so keep an eye out for the full consultation in due course.
We're also looking at ways to work more closely with private landlords across the city and we know private renting has increased greatly in Coventry, and across the UK, in recent years. I'll pass your thoughts on unsuitable accommodation onto the team.
Do the officers who bid on behalf of households place bids on different types of properties (flats and houses) as the Recent Lets section often shows that houses, and in particular new builds, are allocated to mainly Band 1A?
Hi, thank you for your question,
We do place bids on the behalf of customers where we owe a Main Housing
Duty to make a suitable offer of accommodation. These bids are placed on properties that meet the customer's needs and circumstances. This means the bids could be specific to a property type, including the ones you mention, or could mean bidding
on any type of property based on bedroom need.
Why are they not building enough 4 bed property for big family.
Why are some properties been given to band 3A and not 1A or 2A.
Hi, thanks for your question.
properties are let to households in band 3A. These are normally smaller
properties, for example bedsit / studio or 1 bedroom flats suitable for a
single person or a couple. Households in a higher band have the opportunity to bid
for these properties.
As a former Director of Whitefriars Housing, and as I am often asked for help over finding social housing, I am well aware of the problems.
I would encourage regular updates for the media and Councillors.
Cllr David Skinner
Thank you for your comments. We will be providing regular updates as the review progresses. Thanks again.
Do Coventrians have priority over others that come from outside?
In the current policy all applicants that are eligible and that meet the qualifying criteria can register, regardless of
local connection (meaning they don't need to be a Coventrian). However, applicants without a local connection will be placed in a lower
priority band, typically Band 3A or 3B.
You can see more about the banding and criteria of the current policy by downloading the current Homefinder Policy in the 'Documents' section or by clicking here.
How come there are so many people in the system - is it because there are not enough homes, not enough of the right sort of homes, people want something that doesn't exist or what? Will all the new student accommodation going up change the situation? What is your research showing about that?
Hi - The demand for social housing is significant nationally and
Coventry is no exception. There is an acceptance that there needs to be an
increase in Social Housing in the city and the council is working with its key partners (Housing Associations) to
seek to meet the housing need of Coventry’s citizens.
The council has not
undertaken specific research into the impact of the increase in purpose built student
accommodation yet, however we are looking at schemes to increase access for families into
private rented accommodation, which could include accommodation that was previously student lets.
Will Coventry City Council be looking to build council houses again so more are available for people who are in need of immediate housing? I think by building council houses these then can be offered to homeless people as there is still a big issue with homelessness that the council is failing to address. What worries me about the consultation into making changes to Homefinder is that people's issues and ideas won't be taken into consideration and the council will do what they want as per usual and change it for the worse. This review needs to be done very carefully and not to be rushed and passed until you know that it will work out for the best and not leave people who are in dire need of a house ín a worse situation then they are all ready in, in the first place.
Hi - The Council does not currently own any housing and does not
currently have any plans to build council properties. However, we work with a
number of Housing Associations in the city to increase the level of social
housing available. This includes a joint venture with Whitefriars
which will lead to the building of 150 new homes in the city on land owned by
both the council and Whitefriars. All of the new social housing built in the
city is let through the Homefinder Allocations Policy.
The council will be undertaking a range of consultation with
both individuals and organisations to ensure that any changes made to the
allocations policy have a positive impact on residents in the city. Keep an eye on this page or click the 'subscribe' button to see when the consultation is launched.