Some of the properties advertised on Newcastle Homes are subject to a local lettings policy. This means that extra criteria will apply to these properties. Properties subject to a local lettings policy will only be offered to people who meet the specific criteria for that property. The local lettings policies that apply in Newcastle are detailed below.

What is a Local Lettings Policy (LLP)?

The Housing Act 1996 allows housing authorities to apply a local lettings policy (LLP) to certain properties. An LLP applies additional criteria to that set out in the Allocations and Lettings Policy that all applicants must meet to be made an offer of a property. LLP’s can be applied to a particular type of property such as bungalows or a multi storey block or it could be a specific area or estate, or for specialist accommodation.

A social landlord could decide to apply a local lettings policy for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Managing anti-social behaviour
  • Ensuring adapted stock is allocated to applicants with a need for this type of property
  • For delivering housing for key workers
  • Creating more mixed and/or balanced communities
  • To assist with housing management issues
How will I know if an LLP applies to a property?

If a property is subject to an LLP it will be detailed in the property advert. Applicants may still be able to bid for these properties but their bids will be skipped if they do not meet the LLP criteria.

 

Please note that this page is currenlty being updated.

Augusta Close, Brunswick

Landlord - Newcastle City Council

A Local Lettings Policy applies to two council owned four-bedroom bungalows located in Augusta Close, Brunswick. The local lettings policy was introduced to ensure that these properties are allocated to the households whose needs are best matched to this accommodation type and to make the best use of the housing stock.

Applicants will be selected for an allocation in order of housing need and as detailed in NCC’s Allocations and Lettings Policy.

Properties will be allocated in order of the preferences detailed below however other factors will be taken into consideration in order to make the best use of this property type. Such other factors will include consideration of households who have multiple household members with a requirement for level access, or households with complex and multiple health needs that could only be met through the allocation of this property type.

  1. The household has been assessed as requiring a four – five bedroom property with internal wheelchair circulation space.
  2. The household has been assessed as requiring a four- five bedroom property and has a health need for level access accommodation.
  3. The household will under occupy the property but has been assessed as requiring internal wheelchair circulation space.

Applicants who do not meet the above preferences will not be made an allocation unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Any allocations will be agreed by the Occupational Therapist, Housing Manager (Kenton), Senior Manager – Housing Services and the Allocations and Lettings Officer, FHU.

Direct lets may be made in accordance with the Allocations and Lettings Policy.

This LLP was agreed on the 9th October 2023.

 

Marley Court & Thornton Court, Kenton

Landlord - Newcastle City Council

A Local Lettings Policy applies to properties located in Marley and Thornton Court to assist us to reduce issues with anti-social behaviour and to create a more secure and sustainable environment for existing residents, particularly those that are vulnerable

All applicants will be subject to additional conditions to those set out in the Allocation and Lettings Policy. Allocations will be determined by a panel decision comprising of Housing Services Manager (Kenton), Specialist Safe Living Partner & Support and Progression Manager.

Applicants will be required to:

  • Agree to a Police Check/Safe Estates Check.
  • Agree to a Landlord Reference Check (if applicable) with specific questions relating to conduct in tenancy and any instances of substantiated complaints of ASB.

Allocations will only be made to applicants if,

  • Police Check/Safe Estates Check confirms that the applicant and any members of the household have no unspent convictions for: o Violent criminal offences which would be considered a threat to the community o Sex offences which would be considered a threat to the community o Using or allowing a property to be used for illegal or immoral purposes, including offences involving illegal drugs. o Other drug related offences o Any other conviction which would in our opinion, pose a threat to a community.
  • There has been no civil enforcement action for anti-social behaviour taken in the last 12 months.
  • A Landlord Reference Check confirms that there have been no issues in relation to the conduct of any tenancy held within the last five years, such as breaking the terms of the tenancy agreement and damage to the property or any communal areas, and that there have been no instances or complaints of ASB.
  • There have been no reports or convictions for serious anti-social behaviour in or around the property or in the locality of the property, for example: nuisance or annoyance to neighbours, discriminatory behaviour or harassment, violence and intimidation.
  • There have been no reports of criminal activity made to the Safe Living Team or the Police. • We have no reports of the applicant having been a perpetrator of domestic abuse including harassment, stalking, threatening behaviour and controlling or coercive behaviour
  • There have been no incidents of abuse, violence or threats towards a member of staff.
  • The panel has significant concerns about any risk posed to an applicant who is considered to be vulnerable and where appropriate support cannot be provided in order to mitigate any risk. In these cases panel may consider prior knowledge of the applicant and information from other services such as Adult and Childrens Social Care. Some or all of the criteria may be disregarded in exceptional circumstances and for good housing management reasons. In these cases, a Senior Manager will be included in the panel and decision-making process.

Some or all of the criteria may be disregarded in exceptional circumstances and for good housing management reasons. In these cases, a Senior Housing Manager will be included in the panel and decision-making process. 

This LLP was agreed on 19th March 2024.