Social Housing and Sheltered Accommodation

Request:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) we would like to make a formal request for the information set out in the form below relating to social housing and sheltered accommodation.

Please note that this form relates solely to social housing your Local Authority provides – it doesn’t apply to Housing Association-provided accommodation.”

 

Response:

Please note that Devon County Council is not responsible for social housing or sheltered accommodation and therefore does not hold the information requested.  These are functions provided by District and Unitary councils in Devon.  Please contact them directly using the information on the links provided to obtain this information.

 

 

Section one: You and your Local Authority

Completed by
Full nameJenny Goodall
RoleInformation Governance Officer
Local AuthorityDevon County Council
Emailinfoman.accesstoinformation-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
Telephone
01392 383000

 

Housing contact
Please provide the name, job title and contact details of a lead Housing contact for your Local Authority
NameJob titleEmail
Not applicable – see above.

Comment

 

Section two: Local Authority-provided social housing

Including homes managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including sheltered accommodation (dealt with in section 3) or homes provided through Housing Associations

Question One
Are the social homes your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)?☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None
In your ALMO-managed social homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy?☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A
Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)?☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None
In your TMO-managed social homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy?☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Comment

Not applicable

 

Question Two

Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to social homes?

If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.

If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets.

 

☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require specific written permission for pet cats?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?)

 

Number:       ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be neutered?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require pet cats to be microchipped?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their social homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register?☐  Yes  ☐  No

Comment

Not applicable

Question Three
Does your Local Authority have a policy / procedure for dealing with cats that have been abandoned or left behind in one of your properties?

 

☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does your Local Authority offer or promote any kind of low-cost neutering scheme for cat owners, either yourselves or through an animal welfare charity?

☐  Yes, we offer a scheme

☐ Yes, we promote a charity scheme

☐  No

Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes)

 

☐  Yes  ☐  No

If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly-provided social homes)

 

Number:                   ☐  N/A

Comment

Not applicable

 

Question Four

How many social homes does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation or homes provided through Housing Associations)

 

If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.

 

Number or Estimate:                                                                      ☐ None

Comment

Not applicable

 

Section three: Local Authority-provided sheltered accommodation

Including sheltered accommodation managed by ‘Arms Length Management Organisations’ or ‘Tenant Management Organisations’ but not including housing provided through Housing Associations

Question One
Is the sheltered accommodation your Local Authority provides (excluding sheltered accommodation provided through Housing Associations)…
Managed by one or more Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)?☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None
In your ALMO-managed sheltered homes, is the ALMO responsible for pet policy?☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A
Managed by one or more Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs)?☐  All  ☐  Some  ☐  None
In your TMO-managed sheltered homes, is the TMO responsible for pet policy?☐  Yes  ☐  No  ☐  N/A

Comment

Not applicable

 

Question Two

Does your Local Authority have a pet clause in standard tenancy agreements that apply to sheltered accommodation?

If yes, please return a copy or link of that agreement and pet clause with your completed FoI form.

If no, please include any guidelines or internal procedures on pet ownership you do give social tenants around owning and keepings pets.

 

☐  Yes  ☐  No

Does this pet clause… (tick N/A below if your council does not have one)
Allow cats to be kept as pets under certain conditions?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require specific written permission for pet cats?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require cats to have access to a garden or private entrance to the property?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A

 

Specify a maximum number of cats allowed per property? (If yes, how many?)

 

Number:       ☐  No ☐  N/A

Require pet cats to be neutered?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require pet cats to be microchipped?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Require pet cats to have up-to-date vaccinations?☐  Yes  ☐  No ☐  N/A
Some Local Authorities keep registers of all pets living in their sheltered homes.
Does your Local Authority keep a pet register?☐  Yes  ☐  No

Comment

Not applicable

 

Question Three
Multi-Cat households are households where multiple pet cats are causing problems such as noise and unsanitary conditions (e.g. cat hoarders).
In the calendar year 2016, did your Local Authority intervene to provide help with any multi-cat households? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation)

 

☐  Yes  ☐  No

If yes, how many multi-cat households did you intervene in? (Specifically in directly-provided sheltered accommodation)

 

Number:                   ☐  N/A

Comment

Not applicable

 

Question Four

How much sheltered accommodation does your Local Authority provide? (not including sheltered accommodation provided through Housing Associations)

 

If you don’t know, please provide an estimated or most-recent figure.

 

Number or Estimate:                                                                      ☐ None

Comment

Not applicable