Brent Community Housing is based in a diverse community within a multcultural and multiracial environment. Brent Community Housing recognises the benefit of such a diversity and is also aware that many groups and individuals face discrimination and disadvantage.In the provision of housing services, recruitment and employment of staff within its organisation, Brent Community Housing is committed to taking an active role in combating discrimination and disadvantage in all areas in which it works.
No person(s) applying for housing or employment will be treated less favourably than other person(s) because of their race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexuality, disability, age, physical appearance, Health status or religion.
As an employer, the Co-operative will actively seek to employ staff from all sections of the community.
The Co-operative will undertake appropriate training for staff and members to further the benefits of implementing its equal opportunities policy.Brent Community Housing will actively seek to ensure that contractors employed on behalf of the organisation comply with the co-operative’s equal opportunities policy; by establishing mechanisms for monitoring contracts and the provision of services; by actively encouraging contractors to employ a workforce that reflects the composition of the community and; by ensuring that contractors have stated equal opportunities policy.
As a housing provider, the Co-operative will actively assist single people who face discrimination to benefit from its housing services and will identify needs by establishing mechanisms for tenant participation and also establishing close working relationships with appropriate community and statutory agencies.
The Co-operative will actively promote its commitment to equal opportunities when working with housing associations, local authorities, referral and other agencies.
The Co-operative will collect and monitor records of all people who are referred to it for housing and all people applying to it for jobs. The information gained from monitoring will be used to ensure that the co-operative is meeting its equal opportunity policy objectives.
The Co-operative will review the operation of its equal opportunities procedure periodically and devise further programmes of action accordingly.
A full copy of the equal opportunities policy is available on request.
Policy on harassment
BCH condemns all forms of harassment and will not tolerate such acts whether perpetrated by its members or employees.
The scope of the policy covers any form of harassment which may be targeted at groups or individuals because of their;
Detailed guidelines on the investigation of allegations of harassment have been produced for staff and agreed by members.
Privacy and confidentiality policy
The purpose of this is to provide a guarantee to members that their privacy and confidentiality will be respected and guidance to staff and committee members in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities.
It outlines the circumstances in which members can view the personal information held by BCH about themselves and information disclosed to third parties.
A more detailed copy of the policy is available on request.
A member may have grounds for complaint, if for example, they are unhappy with:
Members in permanent properties will have additional right of appeal through their landlord for whom we act as a managing agent.
Anti Social Behaviour
Members are expected to consider their neighbours and not to do anything that would cause a nuisance to them.
If a problem should a raise it is usually best to talk over the problem between you and to show consideration for each other. If you cannot solve the problem and both parties are members of BCH we will try and help resolve the dispute.
It is helpful if u keep a record of the dates, time and types of nuisance to assist in the case of any further action being taken.
If legal proceedings against the perpetrator result a record of events will be necessary.
If we believe that legal action should be taken against a member who has seriously breached their tenancy agreement we will need your participation in that process, this may mean that you will need to give evidence in court.
Noise is the most common form of nuisance, particularly if you live in flat. Noise can cause a nuisance at any time of the day or night. You can approach your Housing Officer if you have an ongoing problem with noise nuisance from a BCH neighbour and she/he will approach your neighbour. You may also contact Brent Council’s Environmental Health Department if the noise is causing a serious disturbance.
Nuisance caused by non-members of BCH
If you have a problem with nuisance caused by your neighbours who are tenant of another organisation we will approach their landlord with your complaint. However, we may be unable to offer any legal resolutions to the problem.
Short life and Long life
The reasons which will be considered for transfer are
A member will not be able to transfer with rent arrears or with a poor rent payment record.
No exchanges can take place without the confirmation from the relevant landlords and the criterion for exchanges is available on request.
BCH’s transfer policy is available on request.
Allocation policy and procedure
Short life accommodation
Offers of short life accommodation are made according to the following priority order:
Members will also be ranked according to their rent payment record and the number of points they hold.
If there are a number of properties taken into management all membership request for transfer may be considered. This must be address in writing to the Housing Manager.
Vacant rooms in shared houses will be let in accordance with casual vacancy policy, which currently allows members in the property to nominate an individual to the room who must fulfil the Co-op’s criteria for membership of BCH.
Longlife accommodation is properties which may be owned or leased by another Housing Association. BCH acts as a managing agent for these properties Members Living in such properties will have a tenancy agreement with the housing association concerned, but all housing management services are provided by BCH. Members in such properties will have an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (see Members’ rights section). Longlife leases may be between 3-10 years and at the end of that time it is likely that the owner will request that the property be handed back.
BCH operates a permanent waiting list to which all members may apply.
Members with arrears will not, however be considered.
If you wish to be considered for permanent or longlife vacancies you must complete an application form.
BCH acknowledges that a points system may not ensure that vulnerable members are appropriately housed and we would assist where possible to ensure that such members’ needs are considered and if possible assist in referrals to other agencies.
BCH’s allocations policy and procedure is available on request