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FOI 7796

Social Housing Stock

Request

How many properties have been empty for more than six months? If possible categorise them such as 'due to poor state of repair'.

1. How many properties are currently available and ready to move into? (categorise such as two bedroom flat etc)
2. How many people are currently on a waiting list and what is the average time somebody is on the waiting list for housing?
3. What is the most commonly requested type of property? (3 bedroom house, bungalow etc)
4. Has the council got any plans to build more council homes and when is the building likely to commence? (categorise by type of property)
5. How many tenants are currently seeking rehousing? (to down size or increase size - please specify)
6. How many tenants currently have applications in via the Right to Buy scheme?
7. How many properties were sold via Right to Buy in the last 12 months - January-December 2013?

Note: The request relates to social housing stock.

Response

How properties have been empty for more than six months and why?

A. None

Q.1 How properties are currently available and ready to move into?

A. The following types of properties are Ready to Let:

Sheltered Bedsit Flat 2
1 Bed Sheltered Flat 3
2 Bed Flat 2
2 Bed House 1

Q.2 How many people are currently on a waiting list and was is the average time?

The Council waiting list of people applying for accommodation is made up as follows:

1. Housing Applicants Active Cases – 1137
2. Housing Applicants Deferred Cases – 385
3. Housing Transfer Applications Active Cases – 316
4. Housing Transfer Applications Deferred Cases – 40
5. HA Transfer Applications Active Cases – 81
6. HA Transfer Applications Deferred Cases – 12

Total 1971

Housing Applications Active

Are persons living inside and outside the Borough who have applied for housing. Some are however not bidding on any properties that become available.

Housing Applications Deferred

Are persons living inside and outside the Borough who have applied for housing, but have a deferred application which could be for a number of reasons i.e. that have provided insufficient information so far or they do not have an immediate requirement for accommodation.

Housing Transfers

These are tenants of the Borough Council who wish to move to another property i.e. from a flat to a house; to upsize; to down size or to move into sheltered accommodation.

HA Transfers

These are tenants of other social providers who wish to move to Council property i.e. from a flat to a house; to upsize; to down size or to move into sheltered accommodation.

The average for the last 12 months is:

Sheltered Accommodation 22 months
Studio/Bedsit 24 months
1 Bed needs general 36 months
2 bed flat or maisonette 29 months
2 bed house 4 years
3 bed flat or maisonette 3 years
3 bed house 5 years
4 Bed house 5 years

All new applications are assessed in accordance to their current housing circumstances and are then given priority in accordance with their housing situation. It is then further dependant on both homeseekers and transfer applicants to be actively participating in HomeOption (CBL).

Q.3 What is the most commonly requested type of property?

As such the Council application does not include this question; properties are generally allocated by assessed bedroom requirement.

1 Bed - 1003
2 Bed - 600
3 Bed - 354
4 Bed - 14

Q.4 Has the Council got any plans to build more council homes and when is building likely to commence and what type of properties?

This will form part of the Council’s strategic housing needs assessment, one of the supporting documents to the Local Development Plan, to be published by the 31st March 2014.

Q.5 How many tenants are currently seeking rehousing (to down size or increase size)?

Total 124

To Downsize 6

To Increase size 117

To Increase size (Statutory Overcrowded) 1

Q.7 How many tenants currently have RTB applications?

19

Q.8 How many properties were properties via RTB in the last 12 months?

13