Decision details

Review of the Social Housing Allocation Scheme

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the amended Housing Allocation Scheme.





(1)            the amendment to section 4.5 of the Housing Allocation Scheme by inserting a new paragraph 4.5(i) as set out below, be approved:


“As of 1 April 2023, the Council will remove the 5-year residency requirement fornon-UK nationals with refugee status in the UK who would qualify for inclusion on the housing register but are unable to demonstrate at least 5 years' residence in Harrow or another place in the UK.”


Reason for Decision:  To ensure Harrow Council’s Housing Allocation Scheme’s qualification criteria for joining the housing register was in compliance with the law and that it did not directly or indirectly discriminate any particular group of housing applicants seeking to join the housing register.

Report author: Director of Housing

Publication date: 17/03/2023

Date of decision: 16/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 16/03/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/03/2023

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