Create an account and you can download some protection of belongings letters for free!
Following my earlier post about the duty to protect homeless applicants' possessions, you can now - if you work for a council or housing association in England or Wales - download some free protection of belongings documents.
Use the documents to check and improve the documentation you use when:
All you need to do is:
These download links become active once your account has been approved.
The documents fall into four categories:
Refusing to accept the duty is owed:
There's no freestanding duty to notify a homeless applicant of a decision that the duty is not owed. However, this letter is useful if you've been asked to take action to protect the applicant's personal property but you decide the duty isn't owed.
When the duty is accepted:
Warning the applicant that the duty may end:
Notifying the applicant that the duty has ended
Alternatively, you can browse the documents in the Resources section by simply entering "section 212" in the freetext search box.
If you're in Wales there's a separate suite of documents, incorporating different versions of the above documents. Simply go the Resources section and search for "section 93".
The documents will only be free until
30 June 2017 31 December 2017.
There's also a document setting out:
I explained the importance of getting this documentation right and confirming the conditions before you take action to protect belongings in my earlier post.
Let me know how you get on via the contact page.