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.
The Government is reducing the amount of housing benefit some people can claim, to find out if this might affect you please 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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