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Proposed changes to how we let council homes

Our consultation on proposed changes to how we let council homes is now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. Find out about more about Homeseeker.

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The consultation

We're looking to make changes to the way we let our council houses. We've held a public consultation on our proposals and would like to thank everyone who took part.

We're now reviewing your comments and will report on what you said and the next steps in the coming weeks.  

Why change?

We have a limited supply of homes for rent in East Renfrewshire.

Currently, if you're on our housing list you must wait until your position means we can offer you a home.

The home we offer might not be the one you'd choose. We want to improve choice within our limited supply.

We also need to consider recent legal changes to allocating social housing in Scotland. This gives us the chance to think about a new, more flexible approach.

What are we proposing?

The main change is moving to a system that offers you more choice. This is called choice based letting (CBL). We're calling our proposed CBL 'Homeseeker East Renfrewshire'.

CBL lets you see all the houses we have available on our website. This includes homes that are about to become empty and new council homes.

CBL is already being used successfully in some councils and housing associations across Scotland.

How Choice Based Letting works

  • You'll be allocated into one of five priority groups.
  • You'll be able to bid for homes available in this group.
  • Each property will be advertised to one or more of the five priority groups. It will also state if it's suitable for specific needs. For example, those needing ground floor accommodation.
  • We'll give a closing date for interest in each property.
  • We'll then consider bidders who have a particular need for that type of property and then who has been on the list longest.
  • If there are no bidders with a particular need for the property, we'll look at who has been on the list longest from among the bidders from the target priority group.
  • We'll publish the number of bids for each home and the priority group of the successful bidder. This will help you decide what to bid for.

Other proposed changes

Annual lettings plan

This will outline the percentage targets of homes that would be allocated to each priority group. This will make sure a variety of people are rehoused. We'll have two sets of targets: one for existing council homes to be re-let and one for new council homes.

Review of medical assessments

This will include considering mental health issues that could be improved by re-housing.


Successful bidders for new council homes will need to provide two references.


We'll consider new changes to legislation when developing the new lettings policy.

Scottish Government guidance is not yet available for the rules surrounding short term tenancies where there has been anti-social behaviour and about suspensions from the housing list. We will be taking account of this in the new lettings policy when it is available.

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