We want North West Leicestershire to be a place where people and businesses feel they belong and are proud to call home
To achieve this we have a range of strategies and policies which govern how we work.
Our 2016-21 Housing Strategy was approved by Cabinet in February 2016
Housing strategy 2016-2021 (PDF Document, 3.48 Mb)
It describes how we intend to meet the housing needs and aspirations of our residents. Our strategy is based on an understanding of what people need and want in North West Leicestershire. Better housing can improve health. It can build stronger communities. And it can improve the local economy.
The strategy has three themes:
Each year we'll write an annual action plan, showing how we'll work with the range of organisations that make up the North West Leicestershire Strategic Housing Partnership to achieve our aims.
Homeless prevention and Rough Sleeping Strategy (2019-2024)
The Homeless Act 2002 requires that all housing authorities must have in place a homelessness strategy based on a review of homelessness in their district. The strategy must set out the authority’s plans for the prevention of homelessness and for securing that sufficient accommodation and support are or will be available for people who become homeless or who are at risk of becoming so.
Furthermore, the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in August 2018 identified the need to ensure that Local Authority homelessness strategies were now homelessnessand rough sleeping strategies.
North West Leicestershire District Council's forth, five-year homelessness prevention strategy has been developed in conjunction with partner organisations. Homeless Prevention and Rough Sleeping Strategy
The Strategy has been informed by a homeless review which was carried out in Quarter 3 of 2018. The review included collecting data and evidence and consulting with organisations and individuals involved with delivering local services, as well as consultation with service users and local people.
North West Leicestershire has adopted an early intervention approach to homelessness and is committed to providing a comprehensive housing advice service, which is available and accessible to all and focused on prevention.
Find our other key housing policies and strategies below
- Housing strategy 2016-2021 (PDF Document, 3.48 Mb)
- North west leicestershire preventing homelessness strategy 2013-18 (PDF Document, 0.35 Mb)
- North West Leicestershire District Council Tenancy Strategy- Guidance for Registered Providers on the Use of Social and Affordable Housing (PDF Document, 4.23 Mb)
- Allocations and lettings policy - MARCH 2013 (PDF Document, 0.21 Mb)
- Housing Service Value for Money Strategy (PDF Document, 1.05 Mb)
- Annual district lettings plan sep 15 (PDF Document, 0.36 Mb)
- Swep procedure jan 2017 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
- Local lettings plan - cherry tree court (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
- Local lettings plan - linford and verdon (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
- Local lettings plan - royal oak court (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
- Local lettings plan - clover lane (PDF Document, 0.16 Mb)
- Potters Way Local Lettings Plan (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
- Housing Energy Strategy 2015 (Word Document, 0.17 Mb)
- Homeless Prevention and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019 - 2024 (PDF Document, 1.01 Mb)
There are some people who are not eligible or do not qualify to be included on the housing register. These are
- people who are subject to Immigration Control under the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act
- people from abroad who are not subject to immigration control but who are not habitually resident in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland
- people (including members of their household) whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to be a tenant
- Certain home seekers with the financial means to meet their own housing need
- Home seekers who lack the mental capacity to enter into and sustain a tenancy agreement
- Home seekers from outside the sub-region – other than in exceptional circumstances, home seekers from outside the sub-region who have no local connection to any of the seven partner local authorities within the sub-region, and who are not existing tenants of a social housing provider, will not qualify for social housing.
For more detailed information contact Housing Choices Team
When your housing register application has been checked and activated, we will let you know by email or letter and will send out a Choice-based Lettings Scheme Guide.
This will explain in detail where you can view homes that are advertised and how to bid for any that you are interested in and would be eligible for.
Help will also be available from our Housing Choices Team and our website.
It is important that you tell us of any changes in your circumstances so that we can amend your housing application. We will tell you if this results in your housing priority moving to a different band.
If you change bands your registration date may change. We will make checks before confirming any offer of accommodation and if your circumstances are different to those on your application form, the offer may be withdrawn and your application suspended until you have provided details of your new circumstances.
Once we have received your housing application form we will check that all the information and documents requested have been sent in. If anything is missing we will contact you to let you know.
Provided we have all the information needed, your details will normally be put onto the computer system within 10 days of receiving all your supporting evidence and then assessed in relation to your housing need.
You will be placed in one of four bands (Priority, High, Medium or Low). Priority band represents the highest need to move while the low band is the lowest priority.
Once we have assessed your housing need, we will send you an email or a letter advising you which band you have been placed in, your home seeker registration number, and what type and size of property you are eligible to apply for.
If you disagree with the assessment, the letter will explain how you can ask for a review.
Photographic proof of identity will normally be required in every case e.g. by supplying a copy of your photo driving licence, valid Passport or bus pass etc. If you have no photo ID, a copy of your original Birth Certificate or National Insurance Card will be accepted provided it is accompanied by a passport sized photo that is countersigned on the back by someone who can confirm your identity.
Please do not send your original photo I.D
Yes. Once a year, normally on the anniversary of your housing application, you will be sent a renewal form, which you must complete and return by the due date stated on the letter.
If you do not return the form, we will write and tell you that your housing application will be cancelled.
Last updated: Mon 16 December, 2019 @ 14:20