Council Tenants Open or Close
Please click here to visit the Rykneld Homes website.
Empty Properties Open or Close
We are committed to tackling the problem of empty properties in the region and support property owners to help bring homes back into use and we have a dedicated Empty Property Officer who can help owners of empty properties bring them back into use. We can help with letting or selling a property, and advise you on:
- Choosing an agent to manage the letting of your property,
- Selling the property through an estate agent or auction,
- Help and advicewhen renovating a property,
- Advertising property to let or for sale,
- Matching Service – we have a list of organisations that are looking to bring empty properties back into use. You can use this service if you are looking to sell, lease or let your property.
A property that has been empty for over 2 years could qualify for a reduction in VAT to 5% on renovation works to bring the property back into use. Properties empty for over 10 years could qualify for a reduction in VAT to 0% on renovation works!
You can report a property that has been empty for over 6 months by emailing our Empty Property Officer or telephoning 01246 217722.
We are keen to help empty property owners recycle their properties back into use, but where owners refuse or are unable to bring properties back into use we can consider the use of more formal enforcement measures, particularly where the property is causing nuisance.
Handyperson Service Open or Close
The Derbyshire Handy Van Network is open to people who are 60 and over or who have been referred to us by one of our partner organisations. Our Handy Van person can visit your home to help with the following:
- Home fire safety checks
- Checking and fitting smoke alarms
- Energy efficiency advice
- Practical tasks
The service can help with practical tasks such as:
- Changing light bulbs
- Removing or hanging curtains
- Fitting blinds
- Securing carpets and rugs
- Fitting key safes and grab rails
- We can also (with your permission) contact other organisations on your behalf to help you access additional services that may benefit you, for example The British Legion or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Unfortunately the service cannot offer an emergency service for plumbing or electrics. If you need help finding a reliable, local company to carry out work at your property Derbyshire County Council can provide details of businesses who have registered on their Trusted Trader Scheme.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Open or Close
Please visit the main page here: Benefits and Council Tax Support
Rykneld Homes Open or Close
Please click the link here to visit the Rykneld Homes website.
Affordable Housing Open or Close
Share Ownership and Help to Buy Schemes
Register Providers Partners
Registered Providers are 'Registered Social Landlords' (not private landlords) who provide housing for rent and shared ownership in much the same way as councils do and are not-for-profit organisations.
To rent one of the Housing Association properties, applicants will be nominated from the Councils' waiting list via the Rykneld Homes Choice Move team. The properties will be allocated through the banding and bidding process and will be in line with the Councils' Choice Based Lettings and Allocations Policy.
For more information about each Housing Association visit their website by clicking the links below:
Housing 21 Guiness Northern Counties Equity Housing Group South Yorkshire Housing Association Metropolitan ASRA Group East Midlands Housing Derwent Living Peak District Rural Housing Waterloo Housing Group
Asylum Seekers Open or Close
An asylum seeker is someone who comes to the UK, often fleeing persecution, torture or war and applies for refugee status. Until refugee status is granted, such a person remains an asylum seeker. Asylum seekers often encounter difficulty in obtaining accommodation.
North East Derbyshire District Council has no duty to provide accommodation for asylum seekers.
For further information please see the Home Office Border Agency
Domestic Violence Open or Close
Stop Domestic Abuse in North East Derbyshire
If you are experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse and need support, advice or access to refuges, contact the Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service, for men and women.
What is Violence or Abuse?
It is about power, and this can be about controlling a partner by either physical or emotional abuse. It is rarely a one-off event. There are also many different forms of abuse, and physical attack is only one of them. Perhaps most of us think of a black eye or broken arm, but sex can be used as a way of dominating a partner, so can ridicule, control of family finances, and shouting and screaming.
If you, or you know of someone who is being abused, don’t hesitate to get help and protection now, please contact the Housing Options Team for further information, help and advice.
Other Useful Contact Details
Derbyshire County Council - Out of hours service 0845 6058058
Emergency Accommodation - Call Derbyshire - 01629 532600 or 0845 6058058
Rights of Women (Legal Helpline) Tel: 020 72516577
Derbyshire County Council - Domestic / Adult Violence link
Homelessness Open or Close
If you are homeless now, or are threatened with being made homeless within the next 28 days please contact the Housing Options team for advice as soon as possible on 01246 231111 or complete the online enquiry form.
The "Are You Homeless" guide provides further information and advice on homelessness legislation and how to make an application.
The Housing Options team can also help people who are sleeping rough in NE Derbyshire during the freezing weather.
Under normal circumstances the council has to assess if a person is deemed to be homeless under set criteria – but this is suspended when temperatures fall below zero for three consecutive nights and the council can offer emergency shelter, for help telephone 01246 231111 or contact the Out of Hours Service if the Council is closed.
For more information on sleeping rough please visit the Streetlink website.
Out Of Hours Service
Call Derbyshire is the "Out of Hours" service for homeless households in Derbyshire, if you require assistance when the Council is closed you can contact this team on:
0845 6058058 or 01629 532600.
If you rent a council property and are having difficulties paying your rent, please contact Rykneld Homes in the first instance.
Money Advice Open or Close
Basic bank accounts
Basic bank accounts are aimed at giving everyone access to banking facilities. They are a basic, no frills account and are available from all major banks. If you don’t currently have a bank account or, if you are not able to get a standard current account, you should look into basic bank accounts as an option. For further information please view the attached PDF and visit the Money Advice Service website.
Anyone can get into mortgage difficulties, and it can happen for many reasons, for example:
- An increase in mortgage rates
- Family breakdown/Separation
- The arrival of a new baby
- The loss of overtime - and several others.
If you start to get into mortgage difficulties do not panic; but do recognise that it will not just go away, and you need to take action as soon as possible by contacting the lender, Citizens Advice Bureau or the Law Centre.If you live in the District of North East Derbyshire and have a problem paying your mortgage and you want to talk to someone about how to prevent losing your home, you can Contact the Housing Options team or the following organisations;
NE Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau telephone 0300 4568437
Derbyshire Law Centre telephone: 01246 550674 or Freephone 0800 7076990
Don't get bitten by a loan shark!
Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders. If you have financial problems do not borrow from a loan shark.You can get free financial advice in confidence from North Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau and Derbyshire Law Centre. They can help you re-organise your debts and contact your creditors to make reasonable offers that you can afford.
If you are being bothered by a loan shark contact your local Public Protection Project Team on 01332 644 000 in confidence.
These agencies will help you for free, loan sharks will take your money over and over again.
Moving On Support Open or Close
Rocket Fuel - Top Tips for Moving On, which the PDF version is available to download, is a guide for people in supported accommodation moving to longer term or permanent homes. It provides useful information and tips for moving-on.
If you are currently living in supported accommodation then you may be eligible to access accommodation under the Move-on Protocol. Ask your support worker for more details. You and your support worker will first need to complete a MOP form, and then a R2M form when you are ready to move-on to your own accommodation.
Neighbour Nuisance Open or Close
Most people are able to get on with their neighbours and rarely have any problems. Other people are not so lucky and in the worst cases their lives can be made a misery.
We want you to be able to live peacefully in your home and community, and we will try to help you when there are problems.
Please download our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Out of Hours Service Open or Close
If you are homeless or need emergency housing and the Council is closed then contact Call Derbyshire which is the "Out of Hours" service for homeless households in Derbyshire.
The team will be available between 5pm and 9am Monday to Friday and 24 hours per day during weekends and bank holidays.
Call Derbyshire contact details; telephone 0845 6058058 or 01629 532600
Private Housing Open or Close
Renting a home from a private landlord or agent is a good housing solution and very flexible. Often this is the first accommodation people live in once they leave home.
The private rented market is very varied and the standard of accommodation and management can also differ greatly. We can give you guidance on the legal standards for private rented housing, advice on how to go about letting or renting a property and what to do if you have problems. We have a range of powers that can be used to ensure properties are safe and well managed and tenants are free from harassment and nuisance.
We can offer advice and guidance for people who are or are thinking about becoming private tenants, download the Private Renting for Tenants PDF for further guidance.
Harassment and Illegal Eviction
Our Housing Options team assist people who are threatened with harassment and eviction and can offer advice on illegal eviction and private tenancies.Harassment and illegal eviction of tenants is a criminal offence, prosecuted by local authorities and the only way a tenant can be made to leave their property is via a court order. A person found guilty of harassment or illegal eviction faces a maximum fine of 5,000 pounds or up to 6 months in prison. They will also have a criminal record. Tenants can also take civil action and may win thousands of pounds in compensation
If you are suffering harassment or illegal eviction, you should ring the Housing Options team on the contact details below or visit our offices at Wingerworth preferably by appointment. If urgent problems arise outside office hours ring the police - tel: 01246 220100.
DASH Landlord Accreditation
The Council invites landlords to join the DASH Landlord Accreditation Scheme.
The Council has worked in partnership with DASH (Decent and safe Homes) Services since 2005 and the landlord accreditation (formally known as EMLAS) is a region-wide scheme that encourages and rewards good property standards and management practice in the private rented sector.
Membership normally costs £99 however Landlords in North East Derbyshire are able to join FREE of charge and membership will last 3 years.
ARLA website Counselling Directory Shelter Decent and Safe Homes (DASH)
Housing Health and Safety Rating System - HHSRS
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is used to assess potential risks to the health and safety of occupants in residential properties.The assessment method focuses on the hazards that are most likely to be present in housing, tackling these hazards will make homes healthier and safer to live in.
Full information on HHSRS can be found on the Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) website. The Government has also issued guidance on HHSRS for landlords and other property related professionals.
HMOs - Houses in Multiple Occupation
A domestic property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) if the following applies:
Your home is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if both of the following apply:
- at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
- you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants
Your home is a large HMO if all of the following apply:
- it’s at least 3 storeys high
- at least 5 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
- you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants
The Governments website has the full definition and regulations for HMO’s. If you wish to apply for a HMO licence or require further information please contact us.
Park homes, mobile homes and caravans
Caravan sites may be residential, holiday or touring sites and if you use land as a caravan site you will almost always need to get planning permission and a site licence from us. For further information click here for the attached PDF.
Gypsies and Travellers
Everyone has rights, including Gypsies, Travellers and people on whose land unauthorised camping takes place. Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Race Relations Act 1976, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language and values, including white and black people.
We will deal with calls about illegal camping on council property and work with other agencies to try and balance the rights of all of those involved by following the Derbyshire Inter-Agency Guidance on dealing with illegal encampments. A copy of the guidance is attached. For a quick guide see the questions and answers PDF attached.
Telephone Numbers Website Links Derbyshire County Council: 01629-580000 extension 7384 Friends, Families & Travellers Derbyshire County Council Traveller Liason Officer 01629 538466
Derbyshire Police: 101 - non-emergency number
Choice Based Lettings Open or Close
The Choice Based Lettings (CBL) and Allocation Policy review was completed and revised for implementation from 1st April 2016.
In 2007 North East Derbyshire District Council published its Choice Based Lettings and Allocations Policy which is delivered through the Choice Move Scheme, managed by the council’s strategic partner and Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO), Rykneld Homes.
The Policy is subject to regular reviews, the last full review being in April 2013 (amendments after this date were due to changes in legislation). During the last two years the policy has been monitored which has led to another full review being carried in 2015 to take affect from April 2016. Consideration has also been given to the legislative changes announced in the Government's Summer and Autumn 2015 statement.
The key changes which have been identified are detailed in the "Summary of Key Changes" attached, along with the revised CBL and Allocations policy.
Also attached is the Flexible Tenancy Policy, which will be in line with the proposals to grant these types of tenancies as detailed in the "Summary of Key Changes".
Disabled People Housing Needs Open or Close
The Disabled People’s Housing Needs Study examines the housing needs of people with physical disabilities in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It was undertaken by Ecorys and Consult CIH on behalf of fifteen local authorities. The aims of the study are:
- To better understand how to meet the housing needs of people with physical disabilities.
- To better understand the means by which appropriate housing for disabled people can be delivered.
- To obtain a good evidence base for the development of housing for disabled people.
The focus of the research is on the physical structure and facilities rather than support and care issues.
Key Findings for North East Derbyshire
- The study estimates that there are 132 households with wheelchair users whose needs will not be met as of 2013. This figure will increase to 150 by 2033.
Demand is highest for two-bedroomed properties (bungalows or ground floor flats, in a mix of tenures).
24% expect to be able to afford to buy their next home, while 67% expected to find it in the social rented sector.
The main barriers which would prevent people from moving are having to move away from family and friends, concerns about the upheaval of moving and the lack of or un-affordability of a suitable home.
Based on the study we will incorporate the following:
- We will work with customers to make sure we know what housing they need and where
- Work with developers, Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) and Housing providers to help them deliver more wheelchair and mobility housing in inclusive new developments & regeneration schemes
- Improve the design specification and make it future-proof and flexible
- Deliver a better choice of housing across tenures
- Look at the issues disabled people find in private rented housing
- Improve access to information about the housing choices available, help people plan ahead and look at a ‘one stop shop‘ approach
- Help providers and agencies work in a more joined up, person-centred way, looking at life cycle needs
Homelessness Strategy Open or Close
A new joint strategy with Bolsover District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council is currently under consultation and will appear here shortly.
Becoming homeless can be emotionally upsetting, disruptive to adult's and children's lives and financially costly. The Homelessness Strategy will look at ways of preventing, where possible, families and individuals becoming homeless by offering;
- advice to prevent people becoming homeless
- support in finding alternative accommodation and moving on in a planned way
Help is provided by professionally trained staff in strict confidence from a variety of agencies. The Housing Options Team can refer people for;
- Free adult relationship counselling
Free mediation between parents and young people 16 and older
Free support and advice for women and men suffering domestic abuse and violence
Free debt counselling and financial advice
Free advice on landlord and tenant problems
Free support and counselling on drug and alcohol misuse
Free support for people with mental health problems
And for other problems that may lead to homelessness
If you wish to discuss the Joint Strategy please contact 01246 231111 or if you require housing advice please see our Housing Advice pages which will provide further information.
Housing and Economic Development Strategy Open or Close
Housing and Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020
The council has previously had separate strategies for Economic Development and Housing but has decided to deliver a joint Strategy in recognition of the council's key priority to deliver growth in the district as part of its recently launched Growth Strategy.
The joint Housing and Economic Development strategy recognises that new jobs, new businesses and new housing are essential elements in creating an economically vibrant place where all people want to live and work. The proposed 8 objectives outlined in the strategy have been identified to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the district over the next 5 years.
The eight objectives are:
- Supporting Enterprise - Maintaining and Growing the Business Base;
- Maximising Employment, Skills and Training Opportunities;
- Unlocking the Potential of Major Employment and Housing Sites;
- Realise the Vitality and Viability of Town Centres;
- Supporting the Rural Economy, including Tourism;
- Maximise Affordable Housing to Rent and Buy Through New Build and Making Best Use of Existing Stock;
- Enable People to Live in and Sustain Healthy Homes;
- Prevent and Reduce Homelessness.
If you would like to discuss the Strategy in more detail, please contact the Housing Strategy or Economic Development Team.
Housing and Economic Development Summary
Housing Market Area Open or Close
What is the Housing Market Area?
In 2005, a report for the East Midlands Regional Assembly and the Regional Housing Board identified North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover and Bassetlaw as a Housing Market Area (ND&B HMA). It was recognised that these four authorities face many similar issues and are joined by the common factor that their housing markets are all influenced by the major urban areas of Sheffield and Rotherham, located across the regional border.
The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
The North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw SHMA has been prepared by GL Hearn Limited and it considers future housing need in the HMA over the period to 2031.
It considers how many homes and what type are needed, both market and affordable, as well as what housing is required to meet the needs of specific groups within the population including older people and those with disabilities.
The Sensitivity Testing Report provides a sensitivity analysis of the projections prepared in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment considering alternative scenarios for household formation. It also considers the most recent evidence regarding migration trends to test if the underlying population projections on which household growth is projected remain sound; and it considers the projections for employment growth understanding past trends and likely future prospects for economic activity and employment rates.
The reports are attached in PDF format.
Housing Needs Survey Open or Close
We have carried out a series of Housing Needs Surveys in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council and Bolsover District Council.
This research was undertaken to build on the current information held by the Authorities and to identify specific housing needs and aspirations of people within these particular groups. The information collected is used to develop appropriate housing strategies and ensure that the needs of people with chaotic lifestyles are accounted for during strategic planning.
Click on the links below to see the Housing Needs surveys.
Long Term Housing Regeneration Strategy Open or Close
We are working in partnership with Rykneld Homes to carry out the regeneration of Council housing throughout the district to ensure we provide quality, sustainable homes which are fit for generations to come.
For further information please click here to visit the Rykneld Homes website .
Older People's Housing Open or Close
We have a number of 1 and 2 bed-roomed bungalows, ground floor flats and Sheltered Schemes throughout the district, all managed by Rykneld Homes. The benefit of these properties are that they are all connected to the Independent Living Service which supports vulnerable residents aged 55 and over.
Please contact Rykneld Homes for further information or if you wish to apply for this type of accommodation.
Extra Care Housing
Extra Care schemes provide accommodation for older people aged 55 years and over who may wish to live independently but need extra care and support. While some people will need the extra care services only occasionally, other residents may need to have 24-hour care available. It is expected that people will have been assessed by Social Care and are in receipt of a care package.
The district has two Extra Care schemes, both having all 2 bed-roomed apartments with a range of communal facilities. Most of the apartments are for rent, however a small number are available to buy.
The links to the Registered Provider websites are below which gives more information on each of the schemes.
Allocating the Apartments
The lettings of all the apartments will be allocated by an allocations panel made up of various agencies. The allocations panel will make an offer of accommodation based on the level of care and housing need.
Tenancy Strategy Open or Close
Every Local Housing Authority was required under The Localism Act 2011 to have a tenancy strategy in place by January 2013.
Through the adoption of the Localism Act the Government introduced a range of new tenure options, including fixed term flexible tenancies and also a new power enabling local authorities to discharge their statutory homelessness duty into the private rented sector.
Tenancy Strategies are designed to provide a framework and guidance on policies relating to tenure options, succession, allocations and how registered providers should use the changes when granting tenancies in local authority areas. Registered providers of affordable homes are required to have due regard to the tenancy strategies of the local authority areas in which they operate.
Younger People's Housing Open or Close
Housing Ambition is a project covering North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover and Derbyshire Dales Local Authority areas, funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The project has been set up to create a positive pathway into, through and between accommodation for young people (aged 16 – 24) in housing need.Mediation Service
Mediation is used to help people to resolve / work out conflict within their housing and prevent people becoming homeless.
The Ambition team also offers a mediation service which is completely impartial (not on anyone’s side) and do not judge. The aim of the service is to help you find a solution that is acceptable to all the people involved.
For further information and advice on young people's housing please see Housing Ambition or contact Jo Hayes