Decision details

Temporary Accommodation Leases - Longford

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




That the Cabinet:


1)    Agrees to enter into seven leases for up to 10-years with the Arora Group Limited for the use of seven self-contained homes for temporary accommodation in Longford, for homeless households:


·         Lease 1 – (20 Heathrow Close UB7 0ER, 3-bed)

·         Lease 2 – (546 Bath Road UB7 0EE, 3-bed)

·         Lease 3 – (546A Bath Road UB7 0EE, 3-bed)

·         Lease 4 – (562 Bath Road UB7 0EF, 3-bed)

·         Lease 5 – (603 Bath Road UB7 0EG, 3-bed)

·         Lease 6 – (607 Bath Road UB7 0EG, 3-bed)

·         Lease 7 – (611 Bath Road UB7 0EG, 3-bed)


2)    Notes that the Council will be responsible for the housing management, repairs and remedial works for wear and tear and full insurance of the property and site. Within the leases, the Council will be liable for the costs of exceptional damages and the full rental costs for the period that any unit is void.


3)    Notes that the proposal to enter into leases for the seven self-contained 3-bedroom homes of temporary accommodation with the Arora Group Limited will be subject to an annual increase calculated at CPI per annum, for the 10-year period. The annual rent for each property has been negotiated to be at net lower cost to the General Fund when compared to current spot-purchased nightly charged temporary accommodation.


4)    Request that the Chair of the Residents’ Services Select Committee waives the scrutiny call-in period on these recommendations due to the urgency reasons set out in the report.


Reasons for decision


The Leader of the Council introduced an urgent report, which Cabinet agreed, to enter into leases for seven self-contained homes in Longford, near Heathrow, for homeless households representing an opportunity to secure essential accommodation and also deliver value for money.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Alternative options were set out in the confidential report.


Relevant Select Committee

Residents’ Services

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

These decisions cannot be called in and take immediate effect following the approval to waive the scrutiny call-in period by the Chair of the Residents’ Services Select Committee.

Officer(s) to action

James Raven




Private - Whilst the Cabinet's decisions above are always made public, the officer report relating to this matter is not because it was considered in the private part of the meeting and contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information) and the public interest in withholding the information outweighed the public interest in disclosing it in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


Urgency provisions - as set out on the agenda for this meeting, this decision was taken under urgency provisions in accordance with the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.


Publication date: 22/03/2024

Date of decision: 21/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2024 - CABINET

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