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
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.
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
Epping Forest District Council
Epping Forest District Council has now changed to an online application process. To register for housing, please click on the Registration button on the left hand side of this page.
If you are already registered on Epping Forest District Council’s Housing Register and there has been a change in your circumstances, please contact the Housing Options Team by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org giving your housing reference number (HOIN) and details of the change in your circumstances. If you do not have the ability to e-mail, please contact the Housing Options team via the main switchboard on 01992 564000.
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.
Existing applicants on the Housing Register will remain on the register with their current points and they will not need, at this time, to re-register. However, when an existing applicant fills in a change of circumstances form, for example because they have moved house, their application will be re-assessed under the new policy. Please be advised that existing applicants who no longer meet the eligibility and qualification criteria under the new policy will be removed from the Housing Register. In addition the award of points maybe amended to reflect the current 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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