The City Council’s Tenancy Policy sets out its approach to flexible tenancies (brought in by the Localism Act 2011) in its own housing stock. The policy follows the principles of the Tenancy Strategy (which is a guide to all social housing with stock in Westminster in their approach to fixed term tenure). The Tenancy Policy also sets out the City Council’s general approach to tenancy management and housing fraud.
A summary is also available here.
For any further information about the Tenancy Policy contact: Cecily Herdman, Housing Strategy Team, 10th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP. Tel: 020 7641 2789. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Council is undertaking statutory consultation regarding the rehousing of secure tenants living in homes on renewal estates. The draft policy sets out the rehousing options for secure tenants where there are proposals or plans to redevelop their home. It applies to areas and estates identified for regeneration in the Housing Renewal Strategy. The consultation runs until 17 June 2013. NB This period has now been extended until 30 June 2013.
A number of consultation sessions have been arranged where tenants can discuss the policy face-to-face with Council Officers.
For further information about the policy or to respond to the consultation please contact; Rebecca Ireland, Housing Needs Officer, 10th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. Tel: 020 7641 2578. Email email@example.com
In July 2012, the Government issued new guidance for local authorities in respect of the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA). The new guidance placed a requirement on all English authorities with housing responsibilities to prepare a report setting out "the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practical, cost-effective, and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area".
The guidance asks authorities to publish their first report by 31 March 2013 on their website. Westminster City Council's HECA report can be downloaded here.
The council is consulting on its Draft Leaseholder Policy for Regeneration Areas. The draft policy sets out the proposed offer to leaseholders where there are proposals or plans to acquire their properties. It applies to areas and estates identified for regeneration in the Housing Renewal Strategy. The consultation lasts until 25th February 2013.
A summary of the draft policy is also available.
For any further information about the policy or to respond to the consultation contact; Cecily Herdman, Housing Strategy, 10th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. Tel: 020 7641 2789. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The council has published a Tenancy Strategy setting out its approach to fixed term tenure and rent increases for higher earning social housing tenants. In line with the Localism Act 2011, all social landlords in Westminster are expected to have regard to the strategy when developing or updating policies for their own housing stock.
For any further information about the strategy contact Cecily Herdman, Housing Strategy, 10th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP. Tel: 020 7641 2789. Email email@example.com
In September 2011, the council developed an interim Affordable Rent Statement setting out the rent levels it supports. The statement is expected to guide Private Registered Providers (Housing Associations) when they are setting their rent levels. The statement will be regularly reviewed and will be incorporated into the City Council’s Tenancy Strategy in 2012.
Read the Statement here (pdf format)
For more information about the Affordable Rent Statement contact Fergus Coleman: Housing Association Supply Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 020 7641 2129.
Last year we invited residents and other stakeholders to take part in our public consultation to develop a Housing Renewal Strategy. We received over 100 responses which provided views and suggestions to help us finalise the strategy. It was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 22nd February 2010.
We made seven key changes to the strategy as a result of the feedback we received. We have:
Please email any comments to email@example.com
Or reply by mail to:
Daniel McCarthy, Head of Housing Strategy & Performance, Westminster City Council, 9th floor, City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QP
If you would like to speak to an officer about the Renewal Strategy, please telephone 020 7641 3097.
Westminster's new housing strategy is now available. The strategy is based largely on the findings of the independent Westminster Housing Commission (more information below) and has been supplemented by extensive consultation with residents and partner organisations. Download a copy by clicking on the link below.
Every five years the council undertakes an assessment of housing needs in the city, which involves a face-to-face survey of a sample of households living in all tenures. The assessment follows a methodology set out by Government, and is used to inform both housing and planning policies adopted by the council, particularly policies around the provision of affordable housing. The council's 2006 assessment was carried out by Fordham Research and is based on a sample of over 1,200 residents.
The Westminster Housing Commission was set up by the council to identify new and creative solutions to the problems of high demand and low affordability and supply faced by the city. Click on the link below for more information about the Commission and to download a copy of its final report. The Commission's findings have informed the development of the new Housing Strategy.
Westminster first published a Homelessness Strategy in 2003. This was updated in 2004 and 2008. The strategy sets out how the council manages and responds to homelessness within the city. Click on the links below to view the main document and the two updates.