Housing strategies and policies

The council faces a new range of challenges as a result of government plans to change the way affordable homes are developed, let and managed.

Demand for housing in the borough is increasing and there have also been changes to welfare benefits that will affect people who live both in affordable housing (renting from the council or a housing association) and private rented housing. You can read more about the local circumstances in Harrow in our Evidence Base. 

We carried out extensive consultation on the new housing strategies and policies to set the future direction for housing in Harrow. The impact of our decisions is considered using equalities impact assessments. This ensures that our policies and services are fair and accessible to all communities and meet the needs and requirements of all our service users.

You can view the strategies and policies below:

Housing strategy
The housing strategy sets the overarching vision and objectives for housing in Harrow. To find out more download the:


Tenancy strategy and tenancy policy
These set out how the council will introduce flexible fixed term tenancies and affordable rents. To find out more download the:


Domestic Abuse policy and procedures
This policy outlines the service that Harrow’s housing department can offer to domestic abuse survivors. Harrow’s Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy group is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the council in relation to domestic abuse, and the actions that relate to this. This policy is written to complement the VAWG’s strategic approach and will be specific to the Housing Service. THIS DOCUMENT IS BEING UPDATED.


Homelessness and rough sleeping strategy
The homelessness strategy describes how we will help homeless households, including those who will not be able to afford to live in Harrow. To find out more download the:


Housing allocation scheme
The housing allocation scheme outlines who will get social housing in Harrow. To find out more download the:


Asset Management Strategy

Aids and Adaptations policy