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Choice based lettings (CBL)

A change in the way in which vacant properties are allocated is taking place in Redcar and Cleveland and across the Tees Valley sub region. The new CBL scheme will replace the existing allocation scheme.

The new choice-based lettings (CBL) scheme name is COMPASS. The schemehas been developed with a partnership of the following councils and housing providers:

Coast & Country, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Erimus Housing. Middlesbrough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Tristar Homes, Stockton Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool Borough Council.

The Compass website became live on Monday 1 June 2009 and applicants who are registered on the new scheme becameable to bid for vacant properties across the Tees Valley area from Thursday 9 July 2009. At the end of June 2009 we wrote to all applicants registered on the Compass scheme giving details of individual log-in details so they could bid forsuitable advertised properties.

The Government has set a target for all local councils and RSL's to introduce CBL by 2010. Within Tees Valley a common allocation policy and application form have been developed, which will make it easier for people applying for housing across thesub-region. For a copy of the full allocation policy please access the following link- Tees Valley Common Allocation Policy

Since January 2009, in Redcar and Cleveland, Coast & Country have been in regular contact with applicants providing the new application form, newsletter and scheme guide in preperation for the launch of the new system. New applicants can access a copy of the Compass application form at any local housing office or complete the on-line form by visiting the Compass website at

The scheme guide provides the following information:

A copy of the scheme guide will be provided to all new applicants and those who have re-registered their application. To access a copy of the scheme guide please click here .

If you have any queries about the new scheme please contact the following:

Gill Corbett Housing Support & Strategy Manager 01642 836079

Paula Hammond Housing Support & Strategy Co-ordinator 01642 771433

Jason Lowe - Head of Tenancy Services 01642 771420