Frank Field MP
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Why my Bill would make allocation of housing association homes fairer

THREE aspects of local housing association policy makes many of you angry.

The first is how houses are allocated. 

Many of you feel that constituents who don’t play by the rules, get the best housing when it becomes available.

The Bill I introduced on Tuesday will ensure that those tenants get housed, but only after those families who, work hard, and whose children do not cause a problem, have selected the houses they would like.

Complaint number two centres on the way many housing associations seem to parachute neighbours from hell from one area into another.

The Bill will give tenants the right to be told about the conduct of new tenants and have the right to object.

The third deeply felt grievance comes from tenants who unsuspectingly choose a property, move and then find that they had landed themselves next to one of those chaotic neighbours from hell. 

Under the Bill tenants will have to be told why previous tenants have vacated their tenancy.My Bill will put housing associations on the same footing as owner occupiers wishing to sell. 

A home-owner, plagued by anti-social behaviour, has to inform potential buyers of such information, or face the possibility of being sued for misrepresentation. The same law will apply for housing associations.Of course this doesn't increase the numbers of new homes. It makes the allocation of existing homes fairer.
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