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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday published guidance linked to its housing possession mediation pilot introduced in February 2021.
The pilot, which aims to sustain tenancies and manage court capacity after the nationwide eviction ban comes to an end in England, is free to use for landlords and tenants.
Before housing possession cases are taken to court, tenants and landlords will have the chance to reach an agreement at a review stage.
If an agreement is not reached, the case is deemed suitable for mediation and will be looked at by the Society of Mediators within 10 days of referral.
A trio of top awards could be making their way to County Durham after believe housing made the shortlist in three categories at the biggest awards of their type in the north.
A team responsible for supporting domestic abuse victims is up for a major honour at the Northern Housing Awards. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team has made the shortlist in the Team of the Year category alongside nominations for believe housing in the Covid Resilience and Landlord of the Year categories. Read On
Nearly 30 homes designed to help people in east Durham onto the property ladder have been snapped up within hours of reservations opening.
The m!ne ‘Rent to Buy’ houses are being constructed on the site of a long-demolished working men’s club in Easington Village by believe housing. The 29 high-spec two, three and four-bedroom family homes were all reserved just days after they were released for reservation.
Development Manager at believe housing, Tom Winter, said: “We thought that these homes would be popular, but we had no idea of just how strong the demand would be. This is the biggest rent to buy project we’ve created so far, and it’s also been the quickest we’ve ever reached full reservation.
“We’re already looking at how we can accelerate the next phase in an effort to meet the demand that obviously exists. Hopefully many of the families who missed out this time around won’t have too long to wait for another chance to reserve their ideal new home.
“Easington Village is becoming a very popular location. These homes will be at the heart of the community, transforming this site and making great places to live.
“For many people in the north east, rent to buy is the easiest and most attainable way to get onto the property ladder. It brings together the best parts of home ownership and affordable living into one package.”
They are part of a 96-home development on the Seaside Lane site which commenced in September and is being delivered by main contractor, Esh Construction. The £11m project will also see a new public open space at the heart of the new community, creating a ‘village green’ feel. Read On