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SALFORD’S NEW ALLOCATIONS POLICY HAS NOW BEEN IMPLEMENTED

Salford Council’s Allocations Policy has now changed following variations in legislation and informed by a recent consultation.

The main changes are:

  1. Regeneration Band A has been removed. Residents in social housing who need to move due to regeneration affecting their home will be prioritised for re-housing through a Local Lettings Policy. Registered Housing Provider partners will be asked to work in partnership with the landlord in order to secure suitable alternative accommodation.
  2. Properties previously advertised in Regeneration Band A will be split equally between the General Housing Needs and Full Statutory Homeless Duty Categories, with all accessible homes advertised in the Accessible Accommodation Category as normal.
  3. The new policy takes a more benevolent approach to rent arrears and disqualification in that applicants with former tenancy arrears do qualify for the register if they are able to demonstrate engagement with an arrears re-payment plan to the following values: 13 weeks engagement with arrears less than £500, 19 weeks engagement with arrears between £500 - £750 and 6 months engagement with arrears over £750.
  4. Bands will now be referred to as:
    • General Housing Needs category
    • Full Statutory Homeless Duty (s.193) category
    • Accessible Accommodation category
  5. Applicants will now be made 2 offers of suitable accommodation, instead of 1, before the Salford Home Search application is cancelled. However, statutory homeless applicants (i.e. those owed a Prevention, Relief or Main Housing Duty) are made aware that the housing duty owed to them under the homeless legislation: Part VII, Housing Act 1996 will still be brought to an end upon the first final offer of suitable accommodation.
  6. Following introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act applicants awarded a Prevention Duty by the Housing Options Team will be awarded 2 prevention points and applicants awarded a Relief Duty by the Housing Options Team will be awarded and additional Relief point. Once the Prevention and Relief Duty has been brought to an end, those points will then be removed from the Salford Home Search application.
  7. In the situation that a General Housing Needs applicant’s circumstances change and they become homeless and are awarded a full main statutory housing duty under the homelessness legislation (Part VII, Housing Act 1996) their priority for housing on Salford Home Search will be based upon their homelessness decision date rather than the date of their original Salford Home Search application, in line with all other main housing duty cases.

 

Salford Home Search is a partnership approach to the advertisement and letting of properties in Salford. This scheme gives you more choice when looking for your new home. It allows you to register, express your interest in properties and make most amendments to your application yourself.

Salford Home Search is managed by the Housing Options Service who can be contacted at: 7 Wesley Street, Swinton, M27 6AD or on 0161 793 3282. The service is open for receiving calls Wednesday 10am to 12.30 & 1.30 to 4pm Thursday 10am to 12.30 & 1.30 to 4pm Friday 10am to 12.30 & 1.30 to 4pm.

The following housing organisations are partners and advertise properties via Salford Home Search:

  • Abbeyfield
  • Adactus
  • Anchor
  • Arcon Housing
  • Derive
  • For Housing
  • Great Places Housing Group
  • Guinness Northern Counties
  • Irwell Valley
  • Mosscare St Vincent's Housing
  • Onward
  • Pendleton Together
  • Places for People
  • Riverside
  • Salix Homes
  • Salix Living
  • Windsor Albion Co-operative
  • Your Housing Group
  • Your Housing Group

Homes are advertised weekly (every Wednesday) and you can search online or find out availability from the Housing Options Service on 0161 793 3282.

You will need to register to be able to express an interest in a property. To find out more about the process and whether you are eligible and qualify to register visit our frequently asked questions page which summarises Salford’s Allocations Policy.

If you are an advocate or professional acting on behalf of an applicant of Salford Home Search, for example, wanting to assist someone in expressing interest in a property, please visit our Advice for Professionals page.

For any further enquiries please contact us.

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