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Above and beyond – new approaches to allocations and lettings

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue London
  • Start 12 Sep 2018 10:00
  • End 12 Sep 2018 16:00


Above and beyond – new approaches to allocations and lettings

Tackling the thorny issue of who has a right to affordable housing, this event will attempt to answer the fundamental question: how do we decide who lives in our homes?

With more than 1.1 million households stuck on social housing waiting lists in England, who should be at the front of the queue when it comes to accessing local authority and housing association homes?

Official figures highlighted by housing charity, Shelter, show 290,000 social homes became available in 2017, leaving a national shortfall of about 800,000.

Social housing providers are quick to recognise the problems – not enough affordable homes being built, the impact of the Right to Buy on existing stock – but are they willing to be part of the solution? Should we be doing more?

As housing associations adopt a more commercial focus and exercise greater control over who they house, what does this mean for the future of choice-based letting schemes and where does it leave councils with a statutory duty to provide accommodation for the most vulnerable?

The role of allocations and lettings teams has arguably never been more important. Adopting an approach that is fair and equitable, makes the best use of existing stock and helps to meet local housing need in partnership with other organisations, is easier said than done.

But help is at hand. Fresh thinking is emerging that sets out to transform the way allocations and lettings schemes operate.

This one-day seminar will look at new approaches but also fresh challenges that lay ahead, including the Homelessness Reduction Act and the voluntary Right to Buy.

Key sessions include:

  • A new framework for allocations and lettings
  • The future of choice-based lettings
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act and the impact of Housing First on nominations
  • The voluntary Right to Buy on trial
  • Fixed term tenancies
  • The role of the private rented sector.

Who should attend?

  • Directors of housing and neighbourhoods
  • Allocations and lettings teams
  • Strategy and policy teams
  • Board members
  • Local authority strategic housing teams
  • Equality and diversity professionals
  • Homelessness and housing options teams.
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Full price: £209.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £179.00 *

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A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.


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