Thanks to all those that took part in the recent consultation on changes to our Allocations Policy. The consultation ran between June and September and there were up to 650 respondents. The proposals were widely supported and subject to indidivual Council's giving approval, it is proposed we commence the new policy from 1st February 2020 and the new Allocations Policy can now be seen on the website. For results of the survey please see the Further Information page.
When placing bids on properties, it is important that applicants place bids in line with the lettings criteria as stated in the property advert.
Please read the property advert carefully.
For instance, if the property advert says "For households with two or more children", you should not bid if you have one child.
If you do place bids on properties you are not eligible for, your bid is likely to be skipped.
If you need any further assistance in respect of bidding on Home Choice Plus, or with any other aspects of your application, please contact your local Home Choice Plus office.
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 www.homechoiceplus.org.uk.
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.
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
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: