Housing policies

All housing policy documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

Housing Asset Management Strategy 2022-2026
The Housing Asset Management Strategy (HAMS), approved in March 2022, ensures that the Council’s social housing portfolio is managed economically, ensuring the health, safety and security of tenants and the communities in which they live.

The strategic objectives of the HAMS include:

  • Managing, maintaining and improving homes to a good standard
  • Cost-effective repairs that reflect residents’ needs, preferences and aspirations
  • Ensuring all homes are green, sustainable and energy efficient

Housing strategy 2016-2025 and Tenancy strategy
The housing strategy is an overarching strategy which sets out the council’s priorities to meet local housing needs and aspirations thereby contributing to the overall long-term aim to improve the quality of life for all citizens in Southampton. These priorities are translated into a series of targets and actions.

Homelessness prevention strategy
The Government requires that all Councils produce a homelessness strategy and review it every five years. We have a city wide commitment to resolving and preventing homelessness in Southampton and this strategy supports and reflects this approach.

Housing strategy for people with learning disabilities
The members of the Southampton Learning Disability Partnership Board want to make sure that people can choose where they live. They are talking about how they can help people to choose how they want to live.

People do not need a special house just because they have a learning disability. The Partnership Board is looking at making sure people can choose what kind of house they want. The Partnership Board is developing a plan and this is called a 'housing and support options strategy'. It says:

  • What we need to do to make sure people have choice?
  • When and how we are going to do it?

Housing strategy for older people
The Strategy plans for the housing and support needs of those who are aged 60 years and over, and those who are planning for their future housing needs. Age by itself does not determine what housing a person may need or wish for, or what support they may need, but as people age their housing needs may change.

Housing revenue account business plan
This is Southampton’s second HRA Business Plan produced as part of the Housing Improvement Programme (HIP) submission. It sets out plans for the HRA housing stock over a 5, 9 and 30-year timeframe to enable us to track our progress against the decent homes standard and respond to longer term investment needs.

Black and ethnic minorities housing report
Researching the Housing Needs and Aspirations of the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Southampton.

Council lettings policy and Lettings policy and mutual exchange policy temporary amendment
The Lettings Policy details information all about, for example, how we let our properties to people, how you may be eligible, how our housing points system works. A copy of this document is available on request from Housing Allocations:


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Council (landlord) tenancy policy
This landlord tenancy policy for the city council reflects the city's key objectives, the city plan, the tenancy strategy and takes into account other relevant strategies such as the housing and homelessness strategies.

It is intended to describe in more detail the types of tenancy which we will offer and the way in which we will do this.

Move-on and Pathway Guidance
This document explains the criteria and processes by which the council will review and assess provider proposals for the city over the next two years.

Gypsy and traveller accommodation assessment report

Gypsies and Travellers are ethnic minorities recognised by the Race Relations Amendment Act. Under the terms of the Act they have a right to a nomadic life style, to equal access to services such as education, health and accommodation and to protection from discrimination and harassment.

As a result of the problems that the Gypsy and Traveller community increasingly face the government has required all local authorities to carry out accommodation needs assessments for the community. This information is to be used to inform the Regional Spatial Strategy. This strategy sets out pitch numbers for each local authority.

The accommodation needs of gypsies and travellers and show people is in the process of being updated and will be published in due course.

Document Type Size
Housing Asset Management Strategy 2022-2026 pdf 4.4 MB
Housing Strategy 2016-2025 pdf 57.8 KB
Move On and Pathway Guidance pdf 117.7 KB
Tenancy strategy pdf 314.4 KB
Homeless Prevention Strategy 2018-2023 pdf 128.5 KB
Homelessness Needs Assessment - 2018 pdf 3.2 MB
Housing needs and market survey pdf 460.7 KB
Housing strategy for people with learning disabilities pdf 456.3 KB
Housing strategy for older people pdf 489.8 KB
Black and ethnic minorities housing report pdf 2.1 MB
Decommissioning of housing stock policy pdf 616.8 KB
Acquisition and compulsory purchase orders policy pdf 556.9 KB
Council (landlord) tenancy policy pdf 288.7 KB
Allocations (Letting) Policy 2019 html n/a
Special Lettings Scheme Potters Court pdf 128.5 KB