Applications may be suspended from the Rooming House Vacancy List by the CEO in the following circumstances –
where the applicant is a current tenant, has applied for a transfer and an inspection indicates that the room is in poor condition, as a result of the tenant’s actions. If clear evidence is provided showing that there has been an improvement, the suspension may be lifted after a minimum period of two months;
where there is evidence of anti social behaviour (through either eviction or the behaviour of the tenant). In such cases, the application may be suspended for a period up to 6 months. If clear evidence is provided showing that there has been a change in behaviour, the suspension may be lifted after a minimum period of three months;
where an applicant has refused two reasonable offers of housing (detailed in section 6.3 of this policy). In such cases, the applicant will be removed from the Rooming House Vacancy List.
Appeals against the suspension of an application from the Rooming House Vacancy List will be considered in terms of the appeals process detailed in section 5 of this policy.
If an applicant refuses two reasonable offers of transfer within one year, the application will be deferred for a period of six months. During that period, no further offers of transfer will be made. An offer will normally be considered reasonable if it is situated in a property deemed acceptable by the applicant and otherwise meets the applicant’s stated housing need as detailed on the transfer form.
Before an allocation is made to a transfer list applicant, a tenancy inspection will be carried out. If the property is not in a reasonable condition and rent payments up to date, any offer of housing may be withdrawn. Following withdrawal of any offer, the application may be suspended from the Rooming House Vacancy List as described in section 7.2 of this policy.
This policy was reviewed in April 2021. It is scheduled for review by April 2024.