Mid Devon District Council's Housing Services deals with the management of Council housing. Our Housing Officers are split into three Area Neighbourhood Teams: Creedy, Culm and Exe (see Your Neighbourhood), with each Officer looking after a patch within their area.
These teams are the first point of contact for all housing questions. This includes rent and payment, anti-social behaviour, tenancy information, garage lettings and the Right to Buy scheme.
Make your money stretch further
We have arranged three Make Your Money Go Further [154kb] events in the towns of Tiverton, Crediton and Cullompton for tenants. These events are to help tenants boost their financial capacity and help them with the strain of living on a low budget. We will be able to offer free, impartial advice on helping with finance and budgeting and coping with less money in this current climate.
We are working in partnership with other agencies who will be available at these events to offer advice such as the Illegal Money Team, Citizens Advice Bureau(CAB), Housing and Council Tax Benefits, Careers Guidance South West and Energy Efficiency. During these events we will be holding demonstrations on cooking on a low budget - eating better for less (with tasting sessions and free popcorn for the children). The events are being held in the Children's Centres in Crediton and Cullompton and the Youth & Community Centre in Tiverton with some children's activities such as storytelling and face painting during the event.
Will you be affected by the Bedroom Tax?
Housing Benefit is changing in April 2013
The Government is reducing the amount of housing benefit some working aged (16 to 61 years old) people can claim from 1 April 2013.
Your housing benefit could be reduced if you have more bedrooms than the Government says you need.
Information on this can be found in our leaflet: Bedroom Tax - What is it? [166kb]. If you are worried you could be affected please contact the Housing Benefit team or your Neighbourhood Officer by telephoning 01884 255255.
Tenancy Home Checks with Council Tenants
We are visiting Council tenants in their home and plan to visit all tenants over the next three years. During the visits, tenants are asked to provide information about their household to better enable us to target our resources; by collecting details such as communication and support needs. Property condition is also being assessed and as the forthcoming changes to welfare benefits may affect a large number of tenants these proposals will be explained during the tenancy home check too. Further information can be found in the Tenancy Home Checks Leaflet [215kb].
The visits are being well received and the feedback is very good. Tenants felt:
Claire Fry, Housing Services Manager said: "These visits also offer a golden opportunity for us to listen to tenants' concerns and to engage with our traditionally "harder to reach" tenants"
Before you move into your new home, there are some things you need to do. The section offers guidance on what to expect when you take on a tenancy with us.
This tells you all you need to know about being a tenant with us. It includes our policies on general tenancy issues and has a copy of the Tenant Handbook as well as other useful information about Right-to-Buy and home insurance.
This covers your rent - how to pay it and how we calculate it. There are helpful tips and advice for managing your money, as well as links to agencies that specialise in such advice.
All repairs are dealt with by the Repairs and Maintenance Team. This section provides you with schedules for regular maintenance as well as information about aids and adaptations. There is also guidance for if you want to make improvements to your home.
This deals with anti-social behaviour (ASB). You can report instances of ASB to us here. It also lists the different types of ASB and includes information on how we resolve ASB and our policy and standards for this.
This gives you information on how to be more involved in the running of the housing service.
This focuses on your neighbourhood. It lists the events that are happening (such as Neighbourhood Walkabouts). There is also a section about how you can help us improve it (such as ideas for spending the Environmental Budget).
This gives you advice and information for when you leave your home.