Homechoice - applying for a home

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Home Choice - applying for a home    

Many people are looking for a home in Eastleigh and may have to wait several years before being successful. Hampshire Home Choice is the name of the housing register for the allocation of social housing for the Borough of Eastleigh. Anybody wanting to move to or within social housing in Eastleigh must be registered on Hampshire Home Choice. It may never be possible for people with minor housing problems to obtain a housing association home, so we offer a 'housing options' service based at the Eastleigh Civic Offices to help you to consider what else you can do.

How to register

From 26 February 2014, all housing association vacancies in the Borough will be advertised and let through the Hampshire Home Choice Housing Register . Apply here if you wish to join the register. You can also bid for properties here once your application has been registered and accepted.

Sheltered Housing

Sheltered housing is designed for older residents and managed in a way that provides peace of mind, with an alarm system and the services of a scheme manager, who often lives 'off site'. If you would like to be considered for sheltered housing you should complete the Hampshire Home Choice Housing Register form which covers most of the sheltered housing in the Borough.  There are a small number of housing associations who have their own waiting lists and we can give information on these if you would like to contact us. 

Most housing association websites have pages which explain more about sheltered housing. 

Already a tenant? Transfers explained

If you are a tenant of one of the housing associations in the Eastleigh Borough area you may be eligible for a transfer to a larger or smaller property in the Borough.  If you want further information on your eligibility for a transfer you should contact your landlord.
 
Already a housing association tenant? Mutual exchanges explained

In some cases, tenants of local authorities and housing associations have a right to 'mutually exchange'.  This means that they can 'swap' their property with somebody else.  We are really keen to encourage people with a spare room to exchange with overcrowded families.
You can register on line at  www.homeswapper.co.uk.
Your landlord who will give you further advice such as what homes you can and cannot be exchanged to and what the risks are.

Appeals

You have a right to question the band in which you are placed on the Hampshire Home Choice Housing Register. www.hampshirehomechoice.org.uk Allocations Policy tells you how to do this. 

More information about Home Choice

Eastleigh Borough Council - Scheme of Allocation

Eastleigh Borough Council is required to establish an allocation scheme for determining priorities between people who apply for housing and setting out the procedure to be followed in allocating housing accommodation.

An allocation is defined as occurring when a local housing authority selects a person to be its own secure or introductory tenant, nominates a person to be a secure or introductory tenant elsewhere, or nominates a person to be an assured tenant of another social landlord.  The selection or nomination of a person for the initial grant of a 'flexible' or 'affordable' tenancy of social housing will also be an 'allocation' because those are simply variants of secure or assured tenancies.

The Scheme of Allocation details all aspects of the allocation process, including the responsibility for decisions, policy on offering choice to applicants, how applications will be assessed, processed and how decisions will be made with regard to the allocation of social housing in the borough of Eastleigh..

The Council operates a choice based lettings scheme in partnership with Havant Borough, Winchester City , Test Valley Borough Council and East Hampshire District Councils (together forming a 'Sub-Regional Area' for the purposes of housing allocation), and consists of a Common Allocation Framework (known as Hampshire Home Choice  Allocation Framework) agreed between these authorities in accordance with that Framework.  The Hampshire Home Choice Allocation Framework is available to download at the foot of this page.

This includes the following customers:

  • ·People who are homeless within the meaning of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002).
  • ·People who are owed a housing duty by any housing authority under section 190(2), 193(2) or 195(2) of the 1996 Act including homeless households in priority need who are intentionally or unintentionally homeless.
  • ·People occupying insanitary or overcrowded housing or otherwise living in unsatisfactory housing conditions.
  • ·People who need to move on medical or welfare grounds.
  • ·People who need to move to a particular locality in the district of the housing authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or to others).

For further information on the Hampshire Home Choice Allocations policy, which accords with Eastleigh Borough Council's Scheme of Allocation, in relation to the exercising of the Council’s functions under Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996, just click on the document at the bottom of the page.