The Key Guarantees for secure tenants

If you need to be rehoused during the rebuilding of your estate, you will either be able to remain on your estate or take ‘Band A’ status to move to another council or housing association home in Lambeth. Existing residents living on estate regeneration estates have priority for the newly built homes. You have the following options:

Guarantee 1

If you need to be rehoused during the rebuilding of your estate, you will either be able to remain on your estate or take ‘Band A’ status to move to another council or housing association home in Lambeth.

Existing residents living on estate regeneration estates have priority for the newly built homes.

You have the following options:

A: To move to a newly built home on your estate with an assured lifetime tenancy as a tenant of Homes for Lambeth. 

B: To move to an existing home on your estate with a secure tenancy as a tenant of the council (this option only exists where some homes are being retained on your estate and a suitable home meeting your housing need becomes available). 

C: To bid for an alternative home elsewhere in the borough through the Choice Based Lettings scheme with the high priority (Band

A). Through the Choice Based Lettings system, you can bid for both council and housing association homes in Lambeth; if you move to another council home, you retain your secure tenancy.

D: To ask the council to provide advice and, if possible, assistance to move to another home outside of Lambeth. Note, however, that you would not have any priority status for rehousing with any other council.

If you move into another home in Lambeth, you can choose to retain an option to return to your original estate in a newly built home with an assured lifetime tenancy, if a suitable newly built home becomes available. If you wish to retain an option to return, then you can apply for this at the time that you move. You will then be notified what homes are available on the estate at the end of the regeneration process (or, if new homes are available, at the end of each phase of the rebuilding of an estate) before these homes are offered to those on the housing waiting list.

Guarantee 2

You will be able to move into a home that meets your housing needs. If applicable, your newly built home will be designed to meet your disability requirements.

For options A, B and C, this will mean that:

  • If you are overcrowded, you will be offered a home of the size you need in accordance with the Lambeth Housing Allocation Scheme (2013)
  • If you are under-occupying, you will be offered a new home with one bedroom more than your need as defined by the Lambeth Housing Allocation Scheme (2013), or you can choose to take a smaller home that meets your housing need. Note that if you have more rooms than you need as defined by the Lambeth Housing Allocation Scheme (2013), then you may be liable to the ‘bedroom tax’.
  • Under the Lambeth Housing Allocation Scheme (2013), adult children would not normally be classified as part of the household. However, under Guarantee 2 and as an exception to the Allocation Scheme, provided that any adult children living with you are registered as part of your household and are still living in your home, then we will deem those adult children to be part of your household for the purposes of determining your housing need

For newly built homes on an estate (option A), the guarantee to meet your disability needs will mean that:

  • The council will ensure that aids and adaptations that you may require will be carried out before you move into your new home. Any necessary adaptations will be carried out in consultation with you and with relevant professionals

The council will work with each of you to explore the best housing solution for you, which could include consideration of supported living like sheltered housing or extra care.

Guarantee 3

Your rent, as an assured lifetime tenant living in a newly built Homes for Lambeth home, will be set in the same way as council rents.

If you have to pay a higher rent as a result of moving to a newly built home, then that rent increase will be phased in over a five year period. 

Guarantee 4

You will be compensated for having to move. A home loss payment will be paid to you, plus reasonable disturbance costs.

Compensation will be determined as follows:

  • The amount of the home loss payment will be automatically updated each time it is changed by the Government. At the time of printing (May 2017), the home loss payment is £5,800
  • In exceptional circumstances part of the home loss payment can be paid to you before your move to allow that move to take place. This payment could be up to £1,000 and your nal home loss payment would be reduced by the amount paid in advance Full details of how disturbance payments are calculated and processed will be provided in separate documentation
  • Full details of how disturbance payments are calculated and processed will be provided in separate documentation
  • Where you opt or are required to move twice, then you will receive disturbance payments for both moves
  • Where you are required to move twice AND you have to live in a temporary home for longer than 12 months you will receive two home loss payments if second home has to be demolished. The second home loss payment will not be made if you are offered a suitable permanent home but then choose to move a second time to an alternative home. Disturbance allowance will still be paid for each move
  • You can be reimbursed for having made improvements to your home, but only where you have done so with documented permission from the council and where you can demonstrate the cost of those improvements

Details on how you can claim disturbance costs and what disturbance costs you are eligible for are provided in separate leaflets. 

Guarantee 5

The council will provide you with help to enable your move, with additional support offered to you if you have special needs or a disability.

Subject to individual circumstances this additional support could include:

  • Assessing the suitability of a new home prior to making an offer
  • Pay for re-routing of post for up to 12 months after you move
  • Packing and unpacking services at the time of the move
  • Help in claiming Housing and Council Tax benefits at the new address
  • Liaising with other agencies such as social services
  • Special support for vulnerable persons

The council will work with tenants on the best way to provide this support and what other support may be required.

Guarantee 6

The council will provide you with advice and information to help you make informed decisions about your future housing.

This will include:

  • An Independent Adviser available through the life of the regeneration project
  • Maintaining communication with you throughout the life of the regeneration project on matters such as the regeneration process and how it will affect you
  • Advice and support to you, if you choose to seek rehousing either elsewhere in Lambeth or outside the borough

Guarantee 7

If you choose to stay on your current estate, you will be able to get involved in the design of the new homes and the estate as a whole and influence decisions around the phasing of building new homes and the construction works.

The council will: 

  • Give you the opportunity to get involved in the design process and be clear what you can and cannot
  • influence in the design of the new homes and the estate provide choices on fixtures and fittings in your new home
  • Involve you in considering how to minimise disruption during the redevelopment process
  • Work with you to explore how the new design for the estate can help to keep service charges for the new homes low 

Further information on the Design Principles for new homes is available here.

Created with NationBuilder