HomeOption gives more choice about where you want to live. In the past the Council or Housing Association would make an offer of accommodation when your turn had been reached in an area of your choice. Now you will have the chance to express an interest in a property which is suitable for your needs when it becomes available.
Chelmsford City Council/CHP - Important Christmas dates
There will not be a bidding cycle beginning on Friday 26th December 2014. The bidding cycle which begins on 19th December will close on 31st December 2014 at 1pm and the next cycle will begin on 2nd January 2015.
Chelmsford City Council offices will be closed from 2.30pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 8.45am on Friday 2nd Jan 2015.
CHP offices will be closed from 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9am on Friday 2nd January 2015.
The Government is reducing the amount of housing benefit some people can claim, to find out if this might affect you please click here
Uttlesford District Council
Re: CHANGES TO UTTLESFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL’s HOUSING ALLOCATIONS SCHEME
Following a period of consultation, as from the 1st January 2015, the council will be implementing a new Allocation Scheme.
This will mean that some applicants who are currently on Uttlesford’s housing register will no longer be eligible to be Uttlesford members of HomeOption and will not be eligible to offered accommodation by the council.
Any expressions of interest made after the 1st January 2015 by any applicant who no longer meets Uttlesford’s Allocation Scheme’s eligibility criteria will not be considered and their application will be cancelled.
To be eligible to remain on Uttlesford’s housing register and therefore to be offered accommodation as from 1st January 2015 applicants must meet one of the following criteria:-
• lived in the district for the past three years,
• be receiving support from immediate family members who have lived in the district for the past five years
• worked permanently in the district for the past two years for at least 24 hours a week
If as at the 31st December 2014 you or your family would be within six months of meeting the new residency criteria then your application will not be cancelled.
As well as the new local connection criteria there are new financial eligibility criteria. If an applicant is judged to have sufficient money from income or savings to be able to meet their own housing costs by either open market purchase or open market renting they will not be eligible to join Uttlesford’s housing register. Full details of the new Allocations Scheme and all the eligibility criteria can be found in the HomeOption online scheme user guide or on the Uttlesford council website at click here.
Brentwood Borough Council
Re: Your Housing Application – YOU NEED TO TAKE URGENT ACTION
All existing applicants currently on Brentwood Borough Council’s Housing & transfer registers will be required to renew their application in order that the application can be re-assessed in accordance to the Council’s new Allocations Policy which comes into effect from the 7th July 2014.
Therefore, in order to remain on our housing register (subject to you remaining eligible) you will be required to re-register your application before 10th June 2014.
You can renew your application on-line via the Council’s website at
Please ensure you complete this application as fully as possible to prevent any unnecessary delays to the re-registration of your application.
If you are unable to complete the form on-line then you may wish to attend one of the drop-in sessions at the Town Hall where you will be able to obtain advice and assistance in completing the form;
Wednesday,4th June 9am-2pm
Thursday, 5th June 2pm-7pm
Monday, 9th June 11am-3pm
Alternatively, you may wish to contact us with any questions you have on the new Allocation Policy by emailing email@example.com or by telephone on 01277 312500 and select housing general enquiries.
Broxbourne Borough Council
Broxbourne Borough Council's new Allocation policy comes into force on Friday 6th December 2013. Your application will be reassessed automatically according to the new policy and you will have a new points total, which you will be able to see on your member home page under “view your assessment” from the 9th December.
Broxbourne Borough Council will not be processing any new applications or Change of Circumstance forms from Monday 2nd December until Friday 6th December, while we move existing applications to the new policy, so if you register or amend your details during that period there will be a short delay.
Chelmsford City Council
Chelmsford City Council no longer assesses and nominates applicants to Registered Providers for Help to Buy scheme properties (such as part rent, part buy.) This is now dealt with entirely by Bedford Pilgrims Housing Association (BPHA), who are the local government Help to Buy agents for our region, and the Registered Providers who own and manage the homes. If you would like further information about Help to Buy, or to apply for a property, please go to www.helptobuy.org.uk or www.keyhomes-east.org.uk/
If you are only interested in Help to Buy products, please do not register with the City Council, as this is no longer necessary, and no more Help to Buy homes will be advertised by Chelmsford City Council.
CHP Fixed Term Tenancies
CHP are introducing Fixed Term Tenancies
from April 2013. This means that tenancy agreements for family homes will be for a specific period when they are re-let, usually for 6 years with a 12 month probationary period at the start of the tenancy. A family home is a house or bungalow not designated for an older person and has two or more bedrooms with a garden.
If you are a current social housing tenant, and you have had your tenancy since prior to 1st April 2012, CHP will offer you the same type of tenancy that you currently have, unless the property you have expressed an interest in is a new build house or family bungalow let on an affordable rent basis.
If you would like to see a full copy of CHP’s Tenure and Affordable Rents Policy then please click here
If you have any questions about these changes please contact a member of the CHP Housing Options Team on 0300 555 0500
East Herts Council
In response to Government changes in policy and legislation East Herts District Council has revised its Housing Register and Allocations Policy. From the 1st May 2013 all new applications to join the Housing Register, will be assessed with regards to whether they are eligible or qualify for the Housing Register and the number of points their application be awarded, under the new policy. A full version of the Housing Register and Allocations policy is available to view Click Here
Flexicare housing - your own home, not in a home
Riversmead Housing Association’s flexicare housing schemes, Bircherley Court and Calton Court in Hertford, enable older people to live independently in their own home whilst receiving onsite care and support tailored to suit their changing needs. Click here for more information.
To see recent amendments to Brentwood Borough Council's current allocations policy click here for more information.
To see recent amendments to CHP’s Allocations & Lettings Policy click here for more information.
A new advice website has been launched called 'My Advice Gateway'. The Gateway is a free resource to help you quickly find the information you need to claim benefits, access help and support or look for a job or training opportunities. To visit the site please click here.
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