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COVID-19: Housing Allocations Service

Published on Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Following Government guidance, and in order to assist and support our partner agencies with the implications emerging due to COVID-19, we have taken the decision to restrict our Allocations Service.

With immediate effect, the Council will no longer be advertising its own stock during the weekly bidding cycles. This will include the removal of active adverts currently being advertised during the live bidding cycle in which the landlord is the Council.

We appreciate that this decision may have implications for you and your family. However, we are aware that moving home during the current social isolation restrictions will be difficult, due to the lack of removal firms and the need to remain separate from your extended family who may normally have helped you. 

This measure will also allow the Council to help other organisations, such as the NHS or who may need accommodation on a temporary basis such as those needing to be discharged from hospital settings or supported accommodation that is no longer suitable due to shared facilities.
 
Please note a small selection of housing association properties may be advertised during this period, so it is still beneficial to log on and check on properties advertised if you wish. 
 
Cllr Chris Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said:

“The Council must support our community to stay as safe as possible and to observe the directives given by the Government in this regard. 

"We are effectively pausing the allocation process for our properties. Please be assured that this will be kept under review and, as soon as it is safe to do so, we will commence advertising and allocations to properties.”

New legislation is to be implemented to protect renters from eviction during this difficult time. If your landlord tries to evict you during this time please contact Private Sector Housing or the Duty Housing Solutions Officer for further assistance by calling 02476376376.