Havering Council systems maintenance on Sunday 20 January

Online payments, planning searches, phones and some of our other systems will experience some disruption between 8am and 12noon on Sunday 20 January while we carry out essential maintenance. Please do try again after 12noon if you experience issues. Apologies for the inconvenience.

How to help rough sleepers in the cold weather

Because of the current low temperatures the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol is now in place to ensure that no one needs to sleep on Havering’s streets during the cold spell. If you spot someone sleeping rough call 01708 432824, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. After 5pm please call 01708 433999. You can also visit StreetLink to help

Empty council homes

Tell us about an empty property 

Empty homes is the term used by us to describe properties that have become void or vacant.

There are a number of ways that properties can become vacant:

  • Council tenants transferring to other void properties with a housing priority
  • Council tenants moving to other tenures such as Housing Associations, Home Ownership schemes or elderly/vulnerable residential accommodation such as nursing homes
  • Council tenants that have breached their tenancy conditions by non-payment of the rent, anti-social/unacceptable behaviour and being evicted with a court order for possession of the tenancy
  • Council tenants that have died without leaving a successor that has a legal right to occupy the property
  • Council tenants that have abandoned their tenancy without informing the Council that they intend to move out

Properties that become void first involve a Council tenant moving out for any of the above reasons.

The main objective of the Empty Homes Service is to reduce the time that Council properties remain empty. Whilst properties remain empty, no rental income is received and this impacts on the overall Housing Revenue Account that is used to provide essential Housing Services.

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