In December 2022, the Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities announced a new £500m Local Authority Housing Fund to be implemented within financial years 2022/23 and 2023/24.
The purpose of this fund is to support selected local authorities in England to obtain and refurbish property in order to provide sustainable housing for those unable to secure their own accommodation resident in the UK under the following schemes Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) supporting people who fled Afghanistan after helping British Forces, and Ukraine Family Scheme, the Homes for Ukraine and the Ukraine Extension Scheme fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Grants paid to a local authority under this determination may only be used for the purposes that that the receipt may be used for in accordance with regulations made under section 11 of the Local Government Act 2003.
The Council has power under S167(2e) of the Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002, to establish a local lettings policy to enable us “to allocate particular accommodation to people of a particular description” in order to achieve a housing policy objective.
The Portsmouth Allocation Scheme policy section 16 specifies conditions by which a special letting arrangements may be applied.
- Special lettings arrangements may be applied for new developments or
where a large number of homes are being let in one location, for example, following a major refurbishment.
- Any special lettings arrangements will follow the general principles of the allocations scheme but may incorporate variations in order to create a more balanced community.
- Details of any special letting’s arrangements will be published on the council website prior to the properties being allocated.
- Special lettings arrangements will only apply to first lettings. Any subsequent vacancies will be let subject to the normal allocation scheme conditions.
Portsmouth City Council are adopting a special lettings policy for ten properties acquired via the Local Authority Housing fund.