Housing - strategies and policies

Derby has a number of strategies and polices relating to the provision of suitable housing and related support. You can read these strategies and polices here. Further information and details of how to contact us are provided at the bottom of the page.



The Housing Strategy

Derby's Housing Strategy is a broad ranging document that addresses the key issues in housing and related support services.
It outlines for the Council and its partners:

  • how we can get the best use out of our existing homes
  • how we can we can provide well-managed, well-maintained, decent homes
  • how we can provide suitable accommodation for vulnerable groups
  • how we can supply a range of new housing that meets need and contributes to broader regeneration objectives.

It assesses our existing housing stock and service provision, and the extent of unmet housing need. It also establishes a vision for housing and our key priorities.

For a simple introduction to the strategy read our Housing Strategy 2015-19 Question and Answer Guide

Or read the Derby Housing Strategy 2015 to 2019 in full.

You can also read the Equality Impact Assessment which was carried out in September 2015.


The Tenancy Strategy

Derby's Tenancy Strategy 2012-16 is a plan about how the Council (and some Housing Associations) will continue to manage their houses and operate their tenancies in the years ahead. The Strategy will remain relevant in the immediate term, until the Government provide further clarification. The Strategy explains what changes will be made as a result of a new law called the 'Localism Act.'

The changes the strategy considers relate to four main areas:

  • tenancies (the legal agreement between the person occupying the property and their landlord)
  • rents, and the levels they are set at
  • homelessness
  • the housing register (or waiting list).

The Tenancy Strategy explains in detail what we are going to do and the information and evidence we have taken into account in coming to a decision.

We are currently waiting for new laws from the government known as 'regulations' which may change what is contained within the Tenancy Strategy, but until these are introduced, the current plan will remain the same. Once the new regulations are introduced, we will review the current strategy to ensure it is all up to date.

It is a long document but does contain an executive summary. You could also look at 'A Question and Answer Guide to the Key Points' which explains the key issues more briefly.


The Homelessness Strategy

Tackling Homelessness is a key priority for the Council. It is one of the most distressing and visible of social problems and we are required by law to respond to it. Our homelessness strategy 2015-19 sets out in detail how we address homelessness in Derby.

Tackling homelessness

In partnership with many agencies in Derby, we work hard to try to prevent homelessness and reduce overall levels. Where it cannot be prevented the goal is to provide settled and secure accommodation for the homeless household as soon as possible.

In preparing our Homelessness Strategy we carried out a thorough and comprehensive review of homelessness in Derby. The review identifies not only what has worked successfully in the past, but also current key issues and gaps in service provision. The findings of the Homelessness Review support many of the objectives in this strategy. Read the Homelessness Review 2014.

Action plan

The action plan within the strategy is formally reviewed on a six monthly basis by the Homeless Liaison forum (HLF). This forum is made up of members from the Council, the police, health services, hostel providers, the faith sector and other support services in the city. Actions within the plan are changed where necessary to make sure they continue to be up to date and appropriate.

This current version of the action plan was developed in June 2017 following a refresh event and consultation with key partners and stakeholders from across the city and wider area. The Action Plan Review is a write up of the review day.

Read the latest version of the Homelessness Strategy Action Plan.


Older Persons' Housing and Support Strategy

In common with much of the country, Derby's older population is growing in size. It is also growing as a proportion of the total population. Ensuring there is a suitable provision of housing for older households is a key priority in Derby. To help make sure this happens we have developed the Older Persons' Housing and Support Strategy, which is currently under review and will shortly be out for consultation. The new revised strategy is expected to be available from January 2019.

One of the key objectives of the strategy is to promote a range of good quality affordable housing options for older people, enabling them to live independently in safe, secure and warm housing.


Allocations Policy

In Derby, like most parts of the country, there are many more people looking for houses than there are houses available.

For Council and housing association homes there are 4,000 active applicants on our housing register or 'waiting list'.

Because there are not enough houses for everyone that wants them we have a system to decide who gets the housing that becomes available. This system is called our 'Allocations Policy', and it is designed to ensure that people in the greatest need have priority. This unfortunately means that some people who want a Council or housing association home will not be able to get one.

How does the 'Allocations Policy' work?

Where people approach us for housing we assess their level of need. Households that are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness, or living in unsafe or over crowded housing, are considered to be in the greatest need. Other households may have lesser degrees of need.

We house as many people as possible, but where there is not an available home from Council or housing association stock we sign post to other types of housing such as renting from a private landlord. We can provide advice and assistance about how to go about this.

For more information, read our Allocation Policy 2018‌.

Housing Renewal Policy

Poor housing conditions continue to cause preventable deaths, illness and accidents. They contribute to health inequalities, and affect people’s life expectancy and their overall quality of life.

The Housing Renewal Policy explains how we address these issues in privately owned housing. It sets out how we promote, encourage and, where necessary enforce, the improvement and better use of private sector housing in Derby.

For more information, email housing.strategy@derby.gov.uk.

Download the Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy 2015 to 2020


Urban Renewal Strategy

Whilst our Housing Strategy for 2015–2019 outlines our medium-term plan for housing in the city, the ‌Urban Renewal Strategy looks at how housing is being used to help deliver long-term, positive change across Derby. It looks at what we are doing and will continue to do, to increase the supply and quality of housing and help to support the regeneration of communities.

As part of our vision for housing, it’s important that we acknowledge and focus on tackling the challenges faced by some of the city’s most deprived communities. By providing good quality homes, we can address some of the underlying social and economic problems that have contributed to a sense of urban decline in some areas.

The proposals and initiatives outlined in this document will contribute to the regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods, as well as helping to improve social inclusion, employment opportunities and the health and wellbeing of residents in inner-city communities.

For more information contact: housing.strategy@derby.gov.uk

Empty homes

We class ‘long-term’ empty properties as properties that have been empty for six months or more.

Empty homes:

  • are more at risk of crime and antisocial behaviour and put greater demand on emergency services, such as the Police and Fire and Rescue Service
  • put adjoining properties at risk of damage
  • can bring a sense of decay and decline to a neighbourhood and may make an area less inviting to tenants, property owners and investors
  • are a waste of accommodation at a time of high housing demand.

What is the Council doing to address the empty homes issue in Derby?

Our Empty Homes Strategy 2015 to 2020 explains how we will address the issues of empty homes in the city.

We work with owners of empty properties to see them brought back into use. Our aim is to help and persuade owners to bring their property back into use without the need to take enforcement action.

Derby City Council's Enforcement and Prosecution Policy aims to improve neighbourhoods and increase housing choice by returning empty properties to the useful housing stock. The Policy can be found here.


Lease your empty property

You can lease an empty property to a housing association for five years. You will benefit from a guaranteed monthly income for five years without needing to worry about void periods, tenancy management, rent arrears and more. Further information can be found here


Accommodation Strategy for Disabled Adults of Working Age 

The strategy is our plan for how alongside partners, we promote independent living options for disabled people. It is about ensuring that disabled people are equipped to make empowered decisions about where and how they live in Derby.

We want to make sure that:

All working-age adults with disabilities or mental health problems are able to live in ordinary homes of their choice that support them to live independent and fulfilling lives.

This is our ‘Vision Statement’ and it is the main focus of the strategy.

This looks at four key areas which are:

  1. providing comprehensive information and advice about housing options to disabled people and their carers.
  2. providing a wide range of housing and support options to meet the varying needs of different people.
  3. ensuring that all the agencies and organisations that support health and well-being work well together.
  4. helping customers, their families and carers, along with people that work with them to be confident that they can live ‘ordinary lives’.

The Strategy has been written because all too often people with disabilities or with mental health issues are excluded from normal everyday living even though they have as much to offer to our community as everyone else. This can happen because other people feel they need to be protected or live somewhere that is totally safe and where they can be looked after.

We don't think this is the case - we think that everybody, regardless of their needs, should have an equal opportunity to live independently in a home that meets their needs.

You can find out more by reading our questions and answers about the strategy or by downloading the strategy in full.


Equalities Impact Assessments

It's important to make sure we are aware of 'equality groups', and try to minimise any negative effects the strategy may have on people in these groups.  This includes disabled people, minority ethnic communities, women, people with particular religious beliefs, lesbians, gay men, people who are bi-sexual, or transgender people or perhaps younger or older people. We do this by carrying out ‘equalities impact assessments’ on all of our strategies and policies.

For more information, please see the following documents:

For more information, visit our Our equality commitment page.

Supporting Evidence

Derby's Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) is a document which compiles all our evidence base on our housing needs, which underpins a number of key policies, plans and strategies. It also considers our future housing requirements for the period up to 2028.


More information

We will be updating this page regularly with further strategies and plans which help vulnerable people and meet their housing needs.

For more information about the housing strategy, please email housing.strategy@derby.gov.uk.


Contact details

Post address:
Strategic Housing
Adults, Health and Housing
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640760
Minicom: 01332 640666
Housing Strategy Officer
Communities and Place
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street