New letting policy

ANGUS Council plans to maximise the impact of new-build council housing on the waiting lists in the county by creating a domino effect to free up more properties to let.

A key feature of the new policy, which was approved by the Neighbourhood Services Committee on Thursday, will be that new-build houses will only be let according to housing need and by prioritising existing council or Hillcrest Housing Association tenants with no record of anti-social behaviour or housing related debt.

New downsizing schemes, a web-enabled mutual exchange pilot project and a cash incentive scheme to speed up moves will all aid the quicker re-letting of available houses.

The final allocation in any chain of letting will be to someone from the common housing register.