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Changes to Home Choice Plus property and bidding lines

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Due to a significant reduction in the number of customers using the Home Choice Plus Property and Bidding Lines, this is to notify that we will be discontinuing these phone lines from the 1st December 2018.

You can access information about properties that are available through the Home Choice Plus website at

If you are unable to access the internet and would like some help in relation to property availability and placing bids please contact the housing options team which is dealing with your application.

School Gardens Extra Care

Published: Tuesday 17 April 2018

School Gardens is a brand new Retirement Living Development in the heart of Stourport-on-Severn. The development consists of 60 apartments – 49 shared ownership and 11 rental apartments. School Gardens is purpose built for over 55’s and has 24hr on site carers making it a home for life even if your needs change.

Residents at School Gardens will be lucky enough to enjoy a well-equipped communal area which consists of a café/bistro, communal lounge, activity room, gym, wellbeing room and a hairdressers. As well as the indoor facilities, School Gardens has a large landscaped garden for residents to enjoy.

Properties are filling up quickly, to express an interest or to arrange a visit to the scheme contact the marketing suite on 01299 825030. You can also get more information from our website,


Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

Published: Friday 16 March 2018


From the 3rd April 2018 local housing authorities will have new duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.  

Those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and are dealt with under the new duties will be placed into the Gold Plus or Silver Plus band depending on their local connection, although Reduced Preference may also be applied as appropriate.  

This will be until the Prevention and/or Relief Duty is ended or a homeless decision has been made, when the banding will be reassessed.   

Find out more information about the Homelessness Reduction Act here

Are You Tenancy Ready?

Published: Wednesday 7 February 2018

Whether you are looking for privately rented accommodation or social housing you will need to have everything in place to ensure that you can accept a tenancy and move in.

You need to work out what is the maximum rent that you can afford and how you will furnish the property as it is unlikely to have carpets, kitchen appliances or other furnishings. 

There are a number of websites that can help you to create a budget by calculating your income and outgoings such as rent, gas and electricity, water rates and Council Tax to help you to decide what is affordable to you. 

It is likely that you will need to make a rent payment in advance and have a bank account to set up regular rent payments by direct debit or standing order to your landlord. If you need help to furnish your property, your Council’s Housing Options Team might be able to direct you to local furniture recycling projects..

The links below provide you with helpful advice and budgeting tools:

Money Advice Service

How to Rent Guide

Tenancy Agreements – Citizens Advice Bureau