Expressions of Interest on Cycle 287 for BBC applicants will begin on Friday 14 December 2018

Expressions of Interest on Cycle 14 dec 2018 for BROX, CBC, CHP, EFDC, EHC and UDC applicants will begin on Friday 14 December 2018

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Welcome to HomeOption

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

Housing Allocations Policy Consultation

We are currently reviewing our Housing Allocations Policy, and want to make changes so that the policy:

• reflects the current demand for accommodation in the Chelmsford area

• prioritises accommodation to the people that need it most

• better manages the expectations of people on the Housing Register

We are holding a consultation to find out your views of our proposed changes.

The consultation will be open from 9th March to 22nd April 2018.

We will use the results of the consultation to write a report. Cabinet will consider this report when they make final decisions about the proposed changes.

We will make the changes and start using the new policy in the summer.

These proposals are important and may affect your application for housing.

You can find out more out our proposals, how they might affect you, and how take part in the consultation by going to the housing page on our website here.


Brentwood Borough Council

Rent payment warning

Any new or transferring tenant whose Tenancy commences on or after the 18th July 2016 will now be required to pay one weeks rent liability upfront before they receive the keys to their new home.

If you are successful for an expression of interest you will be invited to view the property and if you choose to accept the property, it will be at this point that the payment is due. It can be taken on site by your Housing Officer using a debit card. Applicants in receipt of Housing Benefit should complete a Change of Circumstance with the Housing Officer during the viewing. If you are in receipt of partial Housing Benefit you will need to pay your rent liability and complete the Change of Circumstance.

Broxbourne Borough Council

Since January 2015 Broxbourne Borough Council ring-fence 25% of all the general need properties advertised via HomeOption for resident households who are working or making a community contribution.

The person working must be:
• The applicant or joint applicant and go on to be the tenancy holder.
• Be in paid employment for a minimum of 16 hours per week
• Provide the Council with three months wages slips including the current month.
• If self-employed must demonstrate an ongoing and viable business, including proof of income or accounts for the last year.

Do you have housing worries?
Broxbourne Housing Needs Services offers clear advice and help on a wide range of issues and a drop in service if you are threatened with homelessness:
Monday to Friday 9am – 12 noon or 2pm – 4 pm.

Epping Forest

There has been a change to the Residency Criteria which means those applying to join our Housing Register must now have lived in the District for an increased period of 7 continuous years, immediately prior to their date of application. There are some exceptions and these are set out under the Local Eligibility Criteria of the Council's Housing Allocations Scheme. Please check you meet the eligibility criteria to make sure you qualify before making a formal application.


Uttlesford District Council

If you are applying to Uttlesford District Council for housing please read the following Privacy Notice before you go to the registration page.

Privacy Notice

This privacy notice is provided for clarification on what information the council needs in order to enable the council to process your application to join the housing register. It is necessary for the council to gather, collect, store and process personal information relating to your application to join the housing register, or your request to provide you with housing advice and homelessness services. The council puts measures in place to protect the privacy of individuals throughout this process.

As a public authority, Council takes your rights and freedoms seriously and will only release information when required under law or with your consent. Further information about your rights, how to contact the Data Protection Officer, how long information is held or how we process your personal information can be found here

Information we may collect
• Name
• Address + Postcode
• Date of Birth
• Telephone details
• Emails address
• National Insurance Number
• Employer details
• Income details
• Expenditure details
• Bank & Building Society details
• Power of Attorney details
• Medical information
• Offending history
• Information as above on all members of your household

We may share the information with
• Other departments of the Council
• Other Local Authorities including Social Care Services and organisations contracted to Local Authorities to deliver services on their behalf
• Other Social Housing Providers
• Temporary Accommodation Providers
• Private Landlords
• Government departments such as MHCLG; HMRC; DWP and the Cabinet Office (as part of the National Fraud Initiative)
• Police
• Credit Reference Agencies

The council will only keep your information for as long as necessary. Full details of how long the council retains your information can be found in the council’s Document Retention Schedule. After this time your information will be securely destroyed.


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


Data Privacy Notice

For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which may be found here Data Protection - East Herts District Council.

From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible.

Housing Register
In response to Government changes in policy and legislation East Herts Council has adopted a new Housing Register and Allocations Policy on the 1st May 2013.

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
Network Homes 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.

Shared Ownership
East Herts Council does not nominate applicants to Registered Providers for Help to Buy scheme properties (such as shared ownership). This is 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

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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Important notice for East Herts & Uttlesford tenants

East Herts & Uttlesford are moving to a weekly cycle after the current edition closes on 7th November. The next round of bidding will open on Friday 9th November.