Choice Based Lettings in West London
The flagship West London project is the Locata choice based lettings scheme. The scheme was originally set up by 5 West London boroughs (Ealing, Brent, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Harrow) and 3 housing associations (Ealing Family Housing, PCHA and Paradigm).
The original development of the scheme was funded by a grant from the then ODPM, with match funding from the original member boroughs. The West London Locata scheme now includes Hammersmith & Fulham and most of the housing associations with property in West London. Member fees cover the cost of property adverts, maintenance of the IT system and processing of bids. Locata Housing Services (the company owned by the original 8 members) provides administration and support, plus additional products (mutual exchange, nomination tracking, shared ownership tracking) at no extra cost to West London members.
In West London the Choice Based Lettings scheme is operated on a sub regional basis with boroughs and housing associations working closely together and sharing a common allocations policy. This ensures that people looking for social rented housing have a wider choice of properties (albeit within a very constrained supply), including access to properties in other boroughs. It is currently the only CBL system in London that facilitates cross borough mobility in this way.
Click here to see the Locata Scheme User Guide.
The West London Allocations and Lettings Group
The West London Allocations and Lettings Group consists of lettings officers from the 6 West London boroughs and partner housing associations who are members of the West London Locata Choice Based Lettings partnership, and deals with the operational issues arising from the joint system. The group meets every 6 weeks. Meeting dates for 2012-13 are:
Responsibility for identifying and prioritising IT enhancements to our CBL systems is delegated to the IT sub group of WLALG. The group meets every 12 weeks and reports back to WLALG. Meeting dates for 2012-13 are:
The West London Strategic Lettings Group manages the relationship with Locata Housing Services and deals with strategic issues. The group meets quarterly. Meeting dates for 2012-13 are:
Last updated: 07 August 2012