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Local Letting Policies

  

In some cases a partner landlord may introduce a Local Letting Policy (LLP) to ensure good management of stock, or where a planning agreement (commonly called a section 106) is needed for new build properties. For example:-

  • Areas where housing is in short supply

  • To ensure balanced communities and prevent anti-social behaviour

  • To take into account rural or city centre related issues with regard to demand and affordability

In cases where a local lettings policy exists this will be noted on the advert.

Review dates

  • These policies are reviewed to ensure that they are still appropriate on an annual basis, every April (unless otherwise stated).

Full DKO Partners' LLPs

County Durham Housing Group

Dale & Valley Homes

Durham City Homes

East Durham Homes

Karbon

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North Star (formerly Teesdale Housing)


Other Registered Providers' LLPs

Four Housing

Hellens Residential

Home Group

Riverside Group

Thirteen Group

Castles and Coasts


Full DKO Partners' LLPs

County Durham Housing Group

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 25 x new build properties comprising of 8 x 3 bedroom houses and 17 x 2 bedroom houses, situated on Ladysmith Terrace, Ushaw Moor - on the estate known as Middlewood Moor. These properties will be managed by Durham City Homes, part of the County Durham Housing Group.

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as per below) to Brandon and Byshottles Parish or its adjoining parishes, will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Durham City will then be prioritised above those with no such connection
  3. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham
  4. If no applicants are found with a connection to County Durham, applications will be considered from those outside of County Durham

The following local connection criteria is in place - in line with the section 106 agreement:

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence in that area within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from February 2016

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Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 7 x 2 bed houses located at Moorland View, on Bracks Farm, in Bishop Auckland. These properties will be managed by Dale and Valley Homes, part of the County Durham Housing Group.

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection to the former district of Wear Valley will then be prioritised above those with no such connection
  2. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham
  3. If no applicants are found with a connection to County Durham, applications will be considered from those outside of County Durham

The following local connection criteria is in place - in line with the section 106 agreement:

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence in that area within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from October 2016

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Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 5 x new build properties comprising of 3 x 3 bedroom houses and 2 x 2 bedroom houses, situated on land adjacent to Bradley Close, Urpeth, Ouston, Chester-le-Street on the estate known as Urpeth Grange. These properties will be managed by Durham City Homes, part of the County Durham Housing Group.

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as per below) to Ouston Parish or its adjoining parishes, will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Chester-le-Street will then be prioritised above those with no such connection
  3. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham
  4. If no applicants are found with a connection to County Durham, applications will be considered from those outside of County Durham

The following local connection criteria is in place - in line with the section 106 agreement:

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence in that area within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from September 2017.

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Dale & Valley Homes

Dale & Valley Homes do not currently operate a local letting policy on any of their housing stock.

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Durham City Homes

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 9 x New build properties comprising of 4 x 3 bedroom houses and 5 x 2 bedroom houses, situated on Colliery Road, Bearpark

CRITERIA

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

and/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week

Applicants will be shortlisted (within the band) with preference given to local connection and thereafter the date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfil the local connection criteria with Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where there are no bids received from applicants with a local connection, the property will be allocated in line with the shortlisting criteria specified in the Durham Key Options Letting Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from August 2010

Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 5 x New Build properties comprising of 3 bedroom houses only, situated on Robson Crescent, Bowburn.

CRITERIA

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

and/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week

Applicants will be shortlisted (within the band) with preference given to local connection and thereafter the date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfil the local connection criteria with Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where there are no bids received from applicants with a local connection, the property will be allocated in line with the shortlisting criteria specified in the Durham Key Options Letting Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from August 2010

Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 8 x New Build properties, comprising of 2 x 2 bedroom houses and 6 x 3 bedroom houses, situated in Wayside, Croxdale.

CRITERIA

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

and/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week

Applicants will be shortlisted(within the band) with preference given to local connection and thereafter the date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfil the local connection criteria with Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where there are no bids received from applicants with a local connection the property will be allocated in line with the shortlisting criteria specified in the Durham Key Options Letting Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from August 2010

Local Letting Policy 4

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 6 x New Build properties, comprising of 2 x 2 bedroom houses and 4 x 3 bedroom houses, situated on Coalfield Lane, High Pittington.

CRITERIA

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

and/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week

Applicants will be shortlisted(within the band) with preference given to local connection and thereafter the date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfil the local connection criteria with Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where there are no bids received from applicants with a local connection the property will be allocated in line with the shortlisting criteria specified in the Durham Key Options Letting Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from August 2010

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East Durham Homes

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • All 2 bedroom bungalows within East Durham Homes' stock

CRITERIA

  • Single applicants will not be considered for a 2 bedroom bungalow, except in circumstances where they are a permanent wheelchair user or have an established over night carer, and a 1 bedroom bungalow would be unsuitable.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from April 2009 and will be in place as long as East Durham Homes are a partner of Durham Key Options.

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Karbon

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • All Karbon Homes properties in the Chester-le-Street region of County Durham

BACKGROUND

As part of the transfer agreement signed by the then Chester-le-Street District Council it was agreed that Karbon Homes (named Cestria Housing at that time) would award a priority for housing to those applicants who can prove a local connection to Chester-le-Street.

CRITERIA

  • All Karbon Homes properties in Chester-le-Street will be allocated to those with a local connection to that region, who successfully bid for a property under the Durham Key Options scheme.

Karbon Homes will allocate to an applicant with a local connection before an applicant without. If there are no bids received from applicants in Band 1, Karbon Homes will allocate to applicants in the next band as per the allocations policy. Karbon Homes will again allocate to applicants with a local connection first then to applicants without, and do will shortlist in this way for each band in tuen, down to band 4.

Examples:

  1. There is no applicant in Band 1 so Karbon Homes will look at Band 2. Within Band 2 there are two applicants, one has a local connection and the other hasn't. Karbon Homes will allocate to the applicant with a local connection.
  2. There are no applicants in Band 1 or Band 2 so Karbon Homes will allocate to applicants in Band 3. Within Band 3 there are two applicants, one with a local connection and one without. Karbon Homes will allocate to the applicant with a local connection

The definition of local connection is the same as laid out in the Durham Key Options Allocation Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from October 2010 and will be in place as long as Karbon Homes are a partner of Durham Key Options.

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Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Lynwood House Development: 20 two bedroom apartments, for over 55s - some wheelchair adapted.

CRITERIA

  • To take into account rural or city centre related issues with regard to demand and affordability which would include a local connection.
  • The planning regulations for the redevelopment of Lynwood House included a covenant that the development would meet the needs of older persons from the local community.

For the purpose of allocations to meet the local area, the village boundaries of Lanchester, County Durham will be the initial catchment area

Thereafter, if no applicants with a local connection to Lanchester have bid, priority will be awarded to applicants currently resident in the former Derwentside District Council boundary area. If no further bids are received, the area will be widened to the County Durham boundary area.

If the Local Lettings Policy requires local connection the following criteria is in place:-

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

And/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

And/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • December 2013

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Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

Properties within the following area will be allocated via this Local Letting Policy:-

  • 12 new x two and three bedroom properties at College View, Esh Winning

CRITERIA

Properties within the specified area will be let in line with the following criteria:-

When an applicant or member of the applicant's household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant is;

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

And/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years
  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • April 2013

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Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

Properties within the following area will be allocated via this Local Lettings Policy:-

  • Morpeth Close, Ferryhill (flats only)
  • Faulkner Road, Newton Aycliffe (2 blocks of flats)
  • Middlestone Moor (flats only)
  • Lilac, Spruce, Almond Laurel, Aspen Courts, Shildon (flats only)

CRITERIA

Properties within the specified areas will be let in line with the following criteria:-

  • Preference will be given to applicants over the age of 25 years
  • Applicants under the age of 25 will only be considered for a flat in the area if they have agreed to tenancy support from a recognised agency for a minimum period of 6 months
  • Applicants under 25 years of age must also sign a Good Neighbour Agreement

SUPPORT

Tenancy support (i.e. Stonham, Disc etc) for a recommended 6 month period for successful applicants under the age of 25 years (this period can be extended or reduced upon the recommendation of the support worker).

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • April 2009

AMENDED:

  • March 2013 - Addition of Heath Road Flats, Middlestone Moor and Mount Pleasant Close, Tudhoe Grange
  • June 2013 - York Hill, Spennymoor removed from this LLP- added to new livin LLP 3
  • July 2013 - Heath Road flats amended to all flats in Middlestone Moor
  • October 2015 - Removal of Heath Road flats (now houses) - added to LLP 3
  • January 2017 - Mount Pleasant Close removed and covered by new LLP 8

Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

69 New build properties at the following sites:-

  • Baliol Road, Newton Aycliffe development: 8 x 2 bed houses

  • Neile Road, Newton Aycliffe development: 3 x 2 bed bungalows

  • Clarence Corner, Newton Aycliffe development: 6 x 2 bed houses

  • Pease Way, Newton Aycliffe development: 6 x 2 bed houses

  • Thirlmere Road, Ferryhill: 11 x 2 bed houses (6 of which added to LLP in January 2017) & 4 x 3 bed houses

  • Sycamore Road (since renamed Diamond Close) Fishburn development: 6 x 3 bed houses, 7 x 2 bed houses & 2 x 2 bed bungalows

  • Eden Field, Agnew area of Newton Aycliffe: 8 x 2 bed houses (completion 2017)

  • Central Drive, Middlestone Moor: 8 x 2 bed houses (completion 2017)

CRITERIA

Applicants must have a local connection to the areas stated below:

Newton Aycliffe developments

  • Newton Aycliffe

  • Aycliffe Village

  • Middridge

Ferryhill development

  • Ferryhill

  • Chilton

  • West Cornforth

Fishburn development

  • Fishburn

  • Sedgefield

  • Trimdon Village

  • Trimdon Station

  • Trimdon Colliery

  • Bishop Middleham

Middlestone Moor development

  • Spennymoor

An applicant or member of the applicants’ household (and who is to be re-housed with the applicant) is:-

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

and/or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 16 hours per week

If no applicants with a local connection to the areas specified have bid, priority will be awarded to applicants currently resident in the livin boundary area. All other applicants from County Durham will then be considered.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • April 2012

AMENDED

  • January 2017 (6 x 2 beds at Thirlmere Road added to total stock of 47 new builds covered by original LLP for that area)
  • February 2017 (8 x 2 beds at Eden Field, Agnew, Newton Aycliffe added to stock total of 53 new builds covered by previous LLP for that area)
  • September 2017 (8 x 2 beds at Central Drive, Middlestone Moor added to stock total of 61 new builds covered by previous LLP for that area)

Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY THIS POLICY

  • York Hill, (York Hill Estate including York Hill Crescent, York Hill Road, Tweed Road, St Davids Close), Spennymoor (all property types with the exception of bungalows/housing for older people)

CRITERIA

1) Properties within the specified areas will be let in line with the following criteria:-

* Decisions will be based by the Housing and Communities Team upon advice provided by the Support and Intervention Team

  • Police checks will be undertaken for all new tenants in this area

  • A home visit (where appropriate) will be undertaken with the incoming tenant prior to a formal offer being made (new tenants only)

  • Any applicant (or member of the household to be rehoused) with an indication/history/evidence of previous ASB will not be considered for York Hill*

  • For Flats; preference will be given to applicants over the age of 25 years

  • All new tenants must sign a Community Charter

  • All tenants must attend a tenancy induction session before the commencement of any tenancy (in conjunction with livin's Smart Money LLP 6).

2) Preference will be given to applicants who have a local connection to the local area. The local being defined as the Spennymoor area. If no applicants have bid with a local connection to the Spennymoor area, then applicants who meet the local connection criteria residing within a 10 mile radius of Spennymoor will then be considered. Following this priority will then be awarded to applicants currently resident in the former Sedgefield Borough Council boundary area and then County Durham

Local connection has been defined as when an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is either:

  • Currently resident in the area (defined as above) or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the are

    And/Or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

        And/Or

  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application (Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week

3) Preference will also be given to those engaging in positive activity, in that:

  • 80% of properties being initially allocated in the York Hill area will be allocated with preference given to applicants engaged in positive activity. This includes Key Workers (Key Worker being defined as employed as part of the Emergency Services, Hospitals, Armed Forces, Schools/Colleges or local industry/manufacturing) those in employment (employment being defined as paid continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application; part-time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week/16 hours per week or more), education, training, volunteering or community work in order to improve the sustainability of the York Hill area.
  • 20% of first allocations do not need to meet this point but must still pass the additional checks stated at the beginning of this LLP and the applicant must have a local connection as listed in the second part of this LLP.

SUBSEQUENT LETS

Subsequent lets follow the same criteria as above points (1), (2) and (3) but the number of lets to applicants in employment will be 60% after the initial let of each property:

  • 60% of properties being allocated in the York Hill area (when becoming void again) will be allocated with preference given to applicants engaged in positive activity. This includes Key Workers (Key Worker being defined as employed as part of the Emergency Services, Hospitals, Armed Forces, Schools/Colleges or local industry/manufacturing) those in employment (employment being defined as paid continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application; part-time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week/16 hours per week or more), education, training, volunteering or community work in order to improve the sustainability of the York Hill area.
  • 40% of subsequent allocations do not need to meet this point but must still pass the additional checks stated at the beginning of this LLP and the applicant must have a local connection as listed in the second part of this LLP.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • June 2013

AMENDED

  • July 2014 (included local connection to Spennymoor and employability- points 2 and 3)
  • October 2015 (Heath Road, Middlestone Moor - remodelled flats, now houses, added to exisiting LLP)
  • November 2016 (Heath Road removed from LLP)
  • January 2017 (employment criteria amended, along with criteria listed in first section (point 1) of LLP

Local Letting Policy 4

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

Properties within the following area will be allocated via this Local Letting Policy:-

86 new build bungalows at the following sites:

  • Tremeduna Grange 16 x 2 beds
  • Thurlow Grange, Sedgefield 21 x 2 beds (4 x shared ownership)
  • Chilton 25 x 2 beds
  • Grayson Grange, Spennymoor 12 x 2 beds
  • Cleves Cross grange, Ferryhill 12 x 2 beds

and 14 x 2 bed sheltered apartments at:

  • Butterby Grange (added to the original LLP in January 2017)

The following criteria will exclude properties developed for Shared or Low Cost Home Ownership and only applies to properties available to let (not those identified as being reserved for applicants affected by a regeneration programme).

CRITERIA

Applicants must have a local connection to the areas stated above. Local connection is defined as:-

An applicant or member of the applicants’ household (and who is to be re-housed with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area (or has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application or the date that they left the area)

and/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years

In the first instance, applicants will require a connection the direct area of new build eg Ferryhill, Chilton etc. If no suitable applicants are found with this connection, applicants with a connection to the surrounding areas (see DKO Area List for livin, marked areas 1 to 5) will be considered; and then those with a connection to the former Sedgefield Borough region will also be considered. After that, any applicant with a connection to County Durham will be shortlisted by DKO Policy.

SUBSEQUENT LETS

Subsequent lets will not be subject to a local lettings policy but will be in accordance with the overarching Durham Key Options Lettings Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • November 2013

AMENDED

  • January 2017 (Butterby Grange site added to existing LLP)

Local Letting Policy 5

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

17 new build properties at the following sites:

  • Moorcroft, Spennymoor
  • Whitworth Park, Spennymoor

CRITERIA

When an applicant or member of the applicants’ household (who is to be re-housed with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area (or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area and/or
  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years and/or
  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Preference will be given to applicants 25 years or over or keyworkers (flats only)

Thereafter if no applicants with a local connection to the areas specified have bid, priority will be awarded to applicants currently resident in the former Sedgefield Borough Council boundary area.

Applicants will therefore be shortlisted (within the band) with preference given to local connection (area then former boundaries) and thereafter any other application and thereafter the date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfill the local connection criteria with Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where there are no bids received from applicants with a local connection the property will be allocated in line with the shortlisting criteria specified in the Durham Key Options Lettings Policy.

SUBSEQUENT LETS

This local letting policy will apply to the first let of each empty property in this development at the time of transfer into livin’s ownership.  Subsequent lets will not be subject to a local lettings policy but will be in accordance with the overarching Durham Key Options Lettings Policy.

Bungalow/adapted properties – applicant or member of the applicants’ household (and who is to be re-housed with the applicant) must be aged 60+ and/or have a medical need for level access/adapted accommodation.  This criteria applies to the first and each subsequent lets of these property types.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from 5 August 2013 or from the date of completion of the new build properties

REVIEW

  • This policy will not require updating as future lettings on this development will be in line with the overarching Durham Key Options Lettings Policy.

Local Letting Policy 6

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

livin properties will only be allocated when it is considered that the qualifying applicant is in a position to successfully conduct their tenancy.

livin is therefore introducing a requirement for housing applicants to attend a ‘Pre-Tenancy Workshop’ in order to ensure they are able to successfully conduct a tenancy.

CRITERIA

Any housing applicant who will be granted a Starter or Probationary Tenancy will be required to attend the pre-tenancy workshop before they receive an offer of accommodation:-

  • Have not held a previous successful tenancy (any tenure) within the last 12 months (including regular moves which indicate sustainment issues)
  • Have highlighted any relevant vulnerabilities on their application form
  • Have a criminal conviction that may not be directly connected to a tenancy but would still raise concerns regarding the conduct of a tenancy, e.g. theft of motor vehicles
  • Have a history of anti-social behaviour

SUPPORT MEASURES

The workshop will include information/advice in respect of the following:

  • How to conduct their new tenancy and the requirements of their tenancy agreement
  • The likely costs of running a livin home and training on budgeting skills
  • Access to services which will assist the applicant in conducting a successful tenancy such as credit unions, furniture schemes etc.
  • Digital inclusion
  • Employment support
  • Access to grants and loans
  • Housing and council tax benefit
  • The implications of Welfare Reform, such as Universal Credit and the benefit cap

An assessment of an applicant’s capacity to conduct a tenancy will also be undertaken by the Financial Wellbeing Team and offers of accommodation will not be made to any applicant who:

1) Have no means to provide any furniture for the property

2) Do not have sufficient income to make the rent payments

3) Have themselves confirmed that they would be unable to conduct a tenancy due to needing further support, which is currently unavailable or not in place

4) Have financial commitments which mean that their expenditure exceeds their income

The Financial and Wellbeing Team and the applicant will agree a support plan to enable the applicant to prepare for a tenancy and only once the stated issue is resolved, will any formal offer of accommodation be made. Assistance will be given as follows:

1) Have no means to provide any furniture for the property

Access to the Smarterbuys Store; and access to either free or more affordable furniture; help to secure grants, if possible; or source, at least, the basics needed, such as a bed, cooker, chair etc.

2) Do not have sufficient income to make the rent payments

Help to appeal against benefit sanctions, welfare benefit checks, debt advice and help into employment.

3) Have themselves confirmed they would be unable to conduct a tenancy due to needing further support, which is currently unavailable or not in place

Identification of and referral to appropriate support providers

4) Have financial commitments which mean that their expenditure exceeds their income

livin will carry out a financial health check, where there are immediate areas for savings. livin would be able to access grants, carry out a welfare benefits check and/or refer for debt advice.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • July 2014

AMENDED

  • October 2015

Local Letting Policy 7

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

Properties within the following area will be allocated via this Local Lettings Policy:-

  • Low Spennymoor/Tudhoe/Tudhoe Grange (flats only)

CRITERIA

Properties within the specified areas will be let in line with the following criteria:-

  • Preference will be given to applicants over the age of 35 years

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • January 2017

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North Star (formerly Teesdale Housing)

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Barnard Castle
  • Middleton in Teesdale
  • Stainton Grove & Village
  • Staindrop
  • Cotherstone
  • Romaldkirk
  • Eggleston
  • Mickleton
  • Bowes
  • Ingleton
  • Startforth
  • Gainford

CRITERIA

When an applicant or member of the applicants' household (who is to be re-housed with the applicant) has;

  • Lived in Teesdale continuously for at least the 2 years prior to the date of application
  • Been in continuous full or part time work in Teesdale for at least the last 2 years prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Been assessed under the DKO Letting Policy as having a hardship/welfare need which would be alleviated by re-housing within the Teesdale area
  • Lived continuously in Teesdale for at least the last 2 years prior to being accepted as homeless but has been placed in temporary accommodation outside of Teesdale

Applicants will be shortlisted with preference given to local connection and thereafter date of application. Where there are no bids received from applicants who fulfil the local connection criteria within Band 1, applicants (with local connection) within the next eligible band will be considered and so on. Where no applicants with a local connection have bid for a property the shortlisting process will apply in line with the DKO Letting Policy.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from April 2009 and will be in place as long as North Star are a partner of Durham Key Options.

Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Feather Stone Rise, Cotherstone

CRITERIA

Priority will be given to a person who:

  • has immediately prior to allocation been a resident of the Parish of Cotherstone in the former District of Teesdale for at least two years and whose accommodation is unsuitable for his or her circumstances lacking separate accommodation or living in a socially unacceptable standard of accommodation.

OR

  • Households including persons employed or with a firm offer of full time employment within the Parish
  • Elderly or disabled people who were born or who have a member of family living within the District.
  • Dependents or persons living within a related Parish or a parish within the former Teesdale District.

If a dwelling remains unlet for a period of three weeks from it becoming available then the let shall be offered to a person residing in the Parishes of Mickleton, Romaldkirk, Lartington, Hunderthwaite and Egglestone.

If the dwelling remains unlet for a further period of three weeks then it may be let to a person residing in any Parish within the former Teesdale District providing they meet the following criteria:-

  • The applicant or member of their family already reside in the former Teesdale District.
  • Households including persons employed or with a firm offer of full time employment within the Parish
  • Elderly or disabled people who were born or who have a member of family living within the District.
  • Dependents or persons living within a related Parish or a parish within the District of Teesdale.

If no person/s satisfying the requirements of the above sub-clauses is found in accordance with the provisions and subject to the timescales as set out above bid for the property, the relevant Affordable Housing Unit may be disposed to any person in need of affordable housing.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy will be effective from April 2009 and will be in place as long as North Star are a partner of Durham Key Options.

Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 2 bedroom bungalows: Watson Court, Barnard Castle

CRITERIA

  • Properties will only be let to those applicants who are over the age of 60 years- medically assessed applicants will not be accepted for these properties, even if they require the adaptation.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy is effective from scheme start (2009) and will be in place as long as North Star are a partner of Durham Key Options.

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Local Letting Policy 4

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  Castle Vale, Barnard Castle (all bungalows and houses)

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as per below) to the parishes of Marwood and Barnard Castle, or their adjoining parishes, will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Teesdale will then be prioritised above those with no such connection
  3. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham.

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who is resident in that area.

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • October 2015 (bungalows) and July 2016 (houses)

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Local Letting Policy 5

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • 2 bedroom bungalows: Hollinside, Castle Vale, Barnard Castle

CRITERIA

  • Properties will only be let to those applicants who are over the age of 60 years- medically assessed applicants will not be accepted for these properties, even if they require the adaptation.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • This policy is effective from 01 October 2015 and will be in place as long as North Star are a partner of Durham Key Options.

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Other Registered Providers' LLPs

Four Housing

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Jubilee Terrace, Mickleton

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as below) to Mickleton will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority.
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Teesdale will then be prioritised above those with no such connection.
  3. All other applicants will then be considered.

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant is;

  • Currently resident in the area or; has left the area within the last 6 months and has lived for a continuous period of 12 months prior to either their date of application; or the date that they left the area.

And/or

  • Currently resident outside of the area who supports or requires support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 2 years.
  • In continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • Scheme start - 2009

Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  Birkett Close, Cotherstone (8 x 2 bed bungalows, 2 x 2 bed houses, 2 x 3 bed houses)

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as below) to Cotherstone Parish will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a connection to the adjoining parishes will be considered
  3. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Teesdale will then be prioritised above those with no such connection.
  4. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 12 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options.

All applicants wishing to be shortlisted for the bungalows must need this property type. This aspect is not covered by the s106, so will be in line with DKO Policy ie only applicants 60+ years old or with a medical need requiring a bungalow, will be shortlisted for bungalows. The criteria above i) to iv) will then still apply.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • October 2014

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Hellens Residential

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  High Carr Close, Framwellgate Moor (3 x 2 bed terraced houses)

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as below) to the parish of Framwellgate Moor and its adjoining parishes will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Durham City will then be prioritised above those with no such connection.
  3. Applicants will then be considered from County Durham.
  4. All other applicants with no connection to County Durham will be considered lastly.

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • October 2016

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Home Group

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  Old Station Close, Fencehouses (11 x 2 bed houses, 7 x 3 beds)
     

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as below) to Lumley Electoral Division (which Fencheouses lies in) will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority (advertising will continue for 4 weeks for local connection applicants)
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a connection to County Durham will be considered

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 18 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • October 2014

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Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  Youll Close, Thornley (6 x 2 bed bungalows, 11 x 2 bed houses, 6 x 3 bed houses)

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as below) to Thornley Parish will first be prioritised (for two weeks advertising) above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a connection to the adjoining parishes will be considered (up to a further two weeks advertising)
  3. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Easington will then be prioritised above those with no such connection (for a further period of 6 weeks)
  4. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham (after 10 weeks advertising in total)

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who is resident in that area

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 23 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options.

All applicants wishing to be shortlisted for the bungalows must need this property type. This aspect is not covered by the s106, so will be in line with DKO Policy ie only applicants 60+ years old or with a medical need requiring a bungalow, will be shortlisted for bungalows. The criteria above i) to iv) will then still apply.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • February 2015

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Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  •  Holby Garth, Browney Lane (7 x 2 bed houses, 4 x 3 bed houses) and Longhill Court (6 x 2 bed houses, 2 x 3 bed houses)

CRITERIA

  1. Applicants with a local connection (as per below) to Brandon and Byshottles Parish or its adjoining parishes, will first be prioritised above those without, regardless of banding priority
  2. After these applicants are prioritised, applicants with a local connection to the former district of Durham City will then be prioritised above those with no such connection (these applicants will only be considered after 4 weeks of advertising)
  3. All other applicants will then be considered from County Durham
  4. If no applicants are found with a connection to County Durham, applications will be considered from those outside of County Durham

The following criteria is in place- in line with the section 106 agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who is resident in that area

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work* in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 19 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • December 2015 (Holby Garth) and September 2017 (Longhill Court)

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Riverside Group

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • A mix of 2, 3 and 4 beds houses and 2 bed apartments at Shotley Bridge; totalling 20 new build properties altogether.

CRITERIA

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 20 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options. It has been agreed that Riverside will endeavour to allocate 100% of the properties available to rent to applicants who fulfil a local connection to the area, for first allocation and any subsequent lets through Durham Key Options.

  • Riverside will first offer the property to an eligible occupier within the sub-area of the parishes of Blackhill, Benfieldside, Consett North and Ebchester.
  • If there are no suitable applicants within the sub-district then eligible applicants within the district of Derwentside will be shortlisted next in turn.
  • After this, all suitable applicants within County Durham will be considered.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • February 2013

Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • A mix of 2 and 3 bed houses and 2 bed bungalows in Stanhope; 10 x bungalows, 13 x houses totalling 23 new build properties altogether.

CRITERIA

Durham County Council has 100% nomination rights on the first allocation of the development. All 23 properties will be allocated through Durham Key Options. Handover of the first property from the developer to Riverside will be in October 2014. It has been agreed that Riverside will endeavour to allocate 100% of the properties available to rent to applicants who fulfil a local connection to the Stanhope parish, for first allocation and any subsequent lets through Durham Key Options.

  • Riverside will first offer the property to an eligible applicant within the Stanhope parish that meets the local connection criteria
  • Then to applicants from the adjoining parishes, meeting the local connection criteria
  • If there are no suitable applicants then eligible applicants within the district of Wear Valley (with local connection) will be shortlisted next in turn
  • After this, all suitable applicants within County Durham will be considered

The following criteria is in place to meet 'local connection'- in line with the section 106 planning agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant) is:

  • Currently resident in the area for a minimum of 3 years

And/ or

  • Has had a period of 3 years permanent residence within the last 5 years

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to another person who has permanent residence in the area. This essential need applies to applicants who currently reside outside of the area who support or require support from someone who has been resident in the area for at least 3 years

And/or

  • Currently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work* in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

All applicants wishing to be shortlisted for the bungalows must need this property type. This aspect is not covered by the section 106 panning agreement, so will be in line with DKO Policy ie only applicants 60+ years old or with a medical need requiring a bungalow, will be shortlisted for bungalows. The criteria above i) to iv) will then still apply.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • September 2014

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Thirteen Group

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Hutton Grove, Haswell (12 x 3 bed houses, 8 x 2 bed houses)

CRITERIA

Prioritisation as per Durham Key Options CBL scheme with additional criteria:

  • No more than 7 properties to be let to existing social housing tenants transferring within Haswell.
  • Of the remaining properties, 50% let to tenants in employment (defined as working 16 hours per week or more for at least 6 of last 12 months).

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • May 2011

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Local Letting Policy 2

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Sorrel Close, Shotton: 4 x Two bedroom, 7 x Three bedroom

CRITERIA

Prioritisation as per Durham Key Options CBL scheme with additional criteria:

  • 50% let to tenants in employment (defined as working 16 hours per week or more for at least 6 of the last 12 months).

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • July 2013

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Local Letting Policy 3

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Initial let of 15 new build houses at Paddock Close, Chilton (10 x 3 bed, 5 x 2 bed)

CRITERIA

Prioritisation as per Durham Key Options CBL scheme with additional criteria:

  • Minimum of 50% of lettings will be made to tenants in employment, (classed as working 16 hours per week or more, in at least 6 of last 12 months).
  • Good tenant record/no history of anti-social behaviour also required.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • February 2013

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Castles and Coasts

Local Letting Policy 1

PROPERTIES COVERED BY POLICY

  • Former Shotley Bridge Hospital site

CRITERIA

  • Castles and Coasts will first offer the property to an eligible applicant within the sub-area of the parishes of Blackhill, Benfieldside, Consett North and Ebchester.
  • If there are no suitable applicants within the sub-district after 6 weeks, then eligible applicants within the former district of Derwentside will be shortlisted next in turn.
  • After a further 6 weeks, all suitable applicants (including those from outside of County Durham) will be considered.

The following definition is in place regarding eligibility for the above 'local connection' requirement- in line with the section 106 planning agreement: -

When an applicant or member of the applicant’s household (who is to be rehoused with the applicant):

  • Lives in the stated area or has previously lived in that area for 6 months

And/or

  • Has an essential need to live close to a family member living in the stated area (resident for a minimum of 6 months);

And/or

  • Is permanently employed within the area. This is defined in line with DKO policy as in continuous full or part time work* in the area for at least 12 months prior to the date of application. Part time work means a minimum of 2 full days per week.

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • 2008

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