Private sector stock condition survey
This is a summary of the Private Sector Stock Condition Survey report. In this document you can read the main findings of the survey, which was done to help us find out about the condition of privately owned and privately rented housing in Copeland. The summary says what the condition of housing is like in different areas in Copeland.
- My partner is being violent or abusive towards me - what can I do?
Finding a housing association home in Copeland
What is Cumbria Choice - Choice-Based Lettings? If you want to apply for a housing association property in Copeland, you need to register with the Cumbria Choice system. Cumbria Choice is a system that lets you look for a housing association home in Cumbria, and apply for one that you want.
Housing Options Service
Housing Options Service
If you are homeless, or you are worried about becoming homeless, you should contact our Housing Options and Service as soon as possible. You can often avoid becoming homeless if you act quickly and get the right help.
The Housing Options Service provides advice and assistance for Copeland residents who are in housing need or at risk of homelessness.
• Caseworkers will discuss your circumstances and explore the different options that are available to you
• We try to help people remain in their homes wherever possible, whether you are a council tenant, private tenant, homeowner or living with friends and family
Application form for an immigration inspection
If you wish to apply for an Immigration Inspection, the first step is to complete and return this form.
- What can I do if I am struggling to pay my rent or mortgage?
Housing for older people
This page explains what you need to do if you or a friend or relative want to move into a residential home or need more support to live in your current home.
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.
- How do I get a housing association house in Copeland?
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/)
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.
- How long will it take to get a housing association house?
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.
Report an empty home
Form to use to report an empty property.
- What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
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.
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.
- How much grant will I receive for a Disabled Facilities Grant?
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
Homes of multiple occupancy form
A series of three forms that you need to complete and return to us.
- Can I get a grant from the council to help repair my property?
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.
Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018 Appendix
This strategy sets out the future priorities and actions that will be taken in Copeland to tackle homelessness.
- How do I join the Copeland Landlord Forum?
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.