Housing allocation scheme

The council transferred all of its social housing to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) or Housing Associations as they are also known.

Although we have no stock, we are required by section 167 of the Housing Act 1996 to have an allocation scheme for determining priorities and for defining the procedures to be followed in allocating social housing accommodation in our area.

The Council has a duty to people in its area to ensure that:

  • Advice and information about the right to make an application for housing is available free of charge.
  • Assistance is given free of charge to those who are likely to have difficulty in making an application for housing without such assistance.

To meet our statutory and regulatory requirements, it is now even more important that the RSLs work closely with the City Council and this will be achieved through the nomination arrangements agreed with the RSLs. The allocation of homes will be monitored through the Choice Based lettings scheme, Propertypool, which was introduced in May 2004.