Council house consultation

Cllr Danny Devlin launches the Homseeker Consultation
Cllr Danny Devlin launches the Homseeker Consultation

East Renfrewshire Council is proposing changing the way it allocates its homes to give residents more choice and simplify the process.

A consultation was launched yesterday, to give everyone an opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

It is being suggested that the council moves away from the current system for allocating available homes to a Choice Based Letting approach.

This approach means that those on the housing list have more of a choice than under a traditional system. It also provides a more transparent process for those waiting for housing.

The Council is proposing a system based on five priority groups.

Residents seeking council housing would be allocated to one of the five groups based on their needs, and would then be able to bid on available homes, via the council’s website.

The new approach would allow residents to see all available council homes across the area and in turn the bidding outcome for each home, the number of bids received and the priority group of the successful bidder. This would be particularly useful for residents in deciding when and what to bid for.

The consultation will be open from today until October 16. Residents can read the full proposals and share their views at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/Housing. Paper copies are available with prepaid return envelope by emailing a request to housingserviceimprovement@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or by calling 0141 577 3980.