District council stops advertising vacant properties

Richmondshire District Council's offices at Mercury House.

Richmondshire District Council says it has made the difficult decision to suspend all advertisements for vacant council properties.

This decision, which comes into force tomorrow, has been prompted by the restrictions in social mobility, many applicants not bidding due to current restrictions on moving home and vacant properties not being repaired and ready for letting.

“If we continue to advertise and allocate vacant properties we increase the risk of seeing abnormal bidding patterns to the extent that some allocations may be seen as inequitable and unfair,” said corporate director for operations, Colin Dales.

“We will keep this position under review and as soon as we are confident that normal bidding patterns have resumed we will re-start adverts and allocations.

“This decision will not be back dated and any allocations already made will be honoured.”

He said similar actions are being taken by social housing landlords in neighbouring council areas.

Anyone wishing to apply for future consideration for accommodation can still apply on line at northyorkshirehomechoice.org.uk. [kofi]

1 Comment

  1. What are “abnormal bidding patterns” and how is the bidding process regarded as “inequitable and unfair?” Surely everyone is in the same boat?

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