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  1. Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018

    The updated Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018 says what the council will do to prevent homelessness in Copeland and how we will help people who are having housing problems.

  2. How do I get a housing association house in Copeland?
  3. Empty homes

    Copeland Borough Council are urging people with empty homes to bring their properties back to life and help manage housing needs in the area. In September 2015 there were over 600,000 empty homes in England and 200,000 of these 600,000 were ‘long-term’ empties (empty more than six months). There are private properties standing empty in Copeland, whilst at the same time there is a shortage of housing in the Borough.  We are actively looking to bring these empty properties back into use.

     Our empty homes officer will work directly with the owners of empty homes to give advice on returning their property back into use, however, if owners refuse to engage or fail to make satisfactory progress to bring the properties back into use, we can carry out enforcement action. You can read more about empty homes issues on the Empty homes agency website (http://www.emptyhomes.com/)

  4. Older Persons Housing Task Group

    These are the notes of the first meeting of the Older Persons Housing Task Group, which was held on the 29th of June 2012.

  5. How long will it take to get a housing association house?
  6. House Condition Complaints

    If you live in a privately rented property and the landlord is not carrying out essential repairs, let us know. We will help you to deal with the problem.

  7. Report an empty home

    Form to use to report an empty property.

  8. What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
  9. Powers to deal with unfit properties

    We have a range of options to deal with unfit properties in the private rented sector. Most problems can be sorted out without us having to take action but we are serious about using our enforcement powers when there is no alternative.

  10. Severe weather emergency protocol

    Within its duties as a local authority, Copeland Council aims to ensure that vulnerable people are protected and provided for during the winter cold season, when extreme cold temperatures for extended spells can threaten the safety and wellbeing of some people living in the borough.

    This document sets out the mechanism by which rough sleepers in Copeland can access accommodation and support during periods of exceptionally cold weather when a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated.

  11. How much grant will I receive for a Disabled Facilities Grant?
  12. Copeland landlord forum

    The landlord forum is a meeting of landlords who have properties in Copeland. It is held twice a year and it is a forum for:

    • Discussing current issues and having questions answered, for example about the changes to Housing Benefit
    • Sharing news and information
    • Exchanging advice
    • Receiving training, for example on tax and income for landlords
  13. Homes of multiple occupancy form

    A series of three forms that you need to complete and return to us.

    View the Standards for Accommodation for HMO’s here.

    View the Furntiure and Furnishings fire safety regulations here.

  14. Can I get a grant from the council to help repair my property?
  15. Homes of multiple occupancy

    Homes of Multiple Occupancy is a legal term used to describe a certain type of house that is shared by three or more unrelated people, who all share facilities like the kitchen and the bathroom.

  16. Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018 Appendix

    This strategy sets out the future priorities and actions that will be taken in Copeland to tackle homelessness.

  17. How do I join the Copeland Landlord Forum?
  18. Immigration inspections

    People moving to live in the Copeland area from a country outside the European Union have to confirm that they are moving into accommodation that is of suitable standard, and the accommodation will not be made overcrowded by their arrival. 

  19. Copeland Housing Strategy 2011-15

    Copeland Housing Strategy 2011-15

  20. How do I report an Empty Property?
  21. Housing Strategy

    The Copeland Housing Strategy provides information on important local housing matters and says what our key priorities are for housing in Copeland. The Housing Strategy is a shared document for the Council and its partners, which include housing associations, private landlords, charities and voluntary groups, housebuilders and other organisations.

  22. Standards for accommodation hmo

    Standards for accommodation HMO

  23. What will the council do about an empty property if I report it?
  24. Do you need help with a rent deposit?

    The Council has a rent deposit scheme to help people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The scheme helps people who are eligible to pay the deposit for good standard privately rented accommodation. The Council will decide if you are eligible and whether the property is suitable.

  25. Furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations

    Furniture and furnishings fire safety regulations

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