9. Disposal of social rented housing stock and conversions to affordable rent
We expect registered providers to consult with us on the details of any conversion to affordable rent or major disposal requirements. Any such decisions must align with local housing need.
Registered providers should have regard to the following when considering the proportion of properties which will be re-let at an affordable rent:
- The pattern of re-lets by location, property size and type
- The need to ensure that under-occupiers wishing to downsize are not put off by having to pay a higher rent or being given reduced tenancy rights
- The need to ensure a reasonable supply of family-sized accommodation at social rents
- The need to ensure that properties in rural areas can be let to those working in the area on low wages
- The shortage of wheelchair accessible accommodation.
We will not support the conversion or disposal of the following types of housing without the support of a very strong business case:
- Larger homes (for example three bedroom homes with potential for use as four bedroom homes, or homes capable of accommodating 6 people or more)
- Properties suitable for ‘downsizing’ initiatives
- Homes in smaller, rural settlements
- Supported or specialist housing
- Properties that have been extensively adapted