Less red tape for council tenants after housing policy change

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Council tenants moving from one property to another in Dacorum will no longer have to prove their local connections, say housing bosses.

In response to supply and demand, Dacorum Borough Council has scrapped the ‘local connections’ rule after reviewing the Housing Allocations Policy.

This means existing council and housing tenants already living in the area no longer need to prove their local connections when applying for a transfer to a new home.

Cllr Margaret Griffiths, portfolio holder for housing, said: “The new allocations policy gives greater priority to local people who are most in housing need.

“We’re also using the tools the government has given us in implementing them in the best responsible way.

“Throughout this process, our officers are available to provide help and advice to those people who need it.”

The new policy clarifies that children from different immediate families – for example, cousins or an uncle and nephew of similar age – that live in the same property are no longer required to share bedrooms.

For more information, customers can email housingoptions@dacorum.gov.uk

Detailed information about the council’s new policy is available at www.movingwithdacorum.org.uk or www.dacorum.gov.uk

Customers are asked to ensure their online application is up to date and all details are correct.