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Local lettings policies

Local lettings policies or LLPs are used within geographical areas to make an adjustment to the main lettings policy.

The majority of the main lettings policy will apply, but the local lettings policy will include additional criteria that will be specific to local issues that will need to be considered when letting properties within that area.

Examples of situations when local lettings policies are used could include:

  • Criteria to give a mix of household sizes, often in new developments, to give a balanced community
  • Criteria that aim to reduce the likelihood of neighbour problems in areas that have existing high levels of anti-social behaviour
  • Criteria that give greater priority to local people in rural areas, especially where a development is as a result of an exceptions policy

In these circumstances, the criteria of the local lettings policy will be detailed in the Choice Based Lettings advertisement and only applicants who meet the criteria will be eligible to bid.

Applicants who make a bid and meet the advertised criteria, will be short listed in order of the amount of preference that they have on the housing register.  A maximum of five applicants, with the highest preference on the Common Housing Register, will be invited to view the property. Following the viewing, applicants will be required to confirm whether or not they want to be considered for the property.

The property will be offered to the applicant with the highest preference on the register of those who wish to be considered.