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Covid 19 Virus

In response to the Covid 19 Virus some Local Authorities will continue advertising properties while some cannot. Many Local Authorities and Housing Associations have temporarily had to suspend letting properties but will resume advertising as soon as possible.

Many organisations are operating a skeleton staff meaning service delivery is impacted and there will be a reduction or complete suspension of the number of properties being advertised.

Where an applicant is successful for a nomination, the opportunity to move into the property will be delayed as long as the restrictions due to the COVID 19 pandemic still apply. For an update on the position of your local authority please consult your council’s individual website.

New website coming soon

This website is currently being upgraded and will be relaunched over the coming months. The new website will make it easier for you to bid on properties, update your local council of any changes to your circumstances and provide any supporting documents. Changes to the website will not affect existing housing applications in any way. Your points allocation and bedroom size entitlement will remain the same.

To be able to use the upgraded HomeOption website, all customers will need to create new login details using an email address and a secure password. Guidance on how to create a secure password can be found on the government's National Cyber Security Centre website.

If you do not currently have an e-mail address, here are some links to providers that will enable you to set up an email address.
Gmail - Set-up your own e-mail account
Hotmail - Set-up your own e-mail account
YahooMail - Set-up your own e-mail account
Most email providers will ask you to verify the email with a mobile phone number. If you do not have a mobile phone number will allow you to set up an email using a password and security question instead.


Welcome to Home Option

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.

Brentwood Borough Council

Housing Register Bidding Cycle
Please be advised that there will be a temporary suspension to Brentwood Council’s HomeOptions bidding cycle whilst we implement the new Allocation Policy 2021.

The suspension will start from 1st September 2021 to allow our current housing register applicants to re-register under our new policy.

Suspension on all current Housing Register Applicants
All current Housing Register applicants will now be suspended and you will be required to re-register under the new Allocations Policy 2021.

A member of the Housing Options team will write to you with details of how to re-register and how the new policy may affect your application.

It is important to follow the steps within 14 days of receiving your re-registration invitation to avoid being removed from the register.

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’s Housing Advice Service offers clear advice and help on a wide range of issues. Please visit for more information.

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 or

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.

East Herts


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

Epping Forest District Council

Uttlesford District Council

Uttlesford District Council will be resuming the advertisement of properties from Friday 22 May 2020. Eligible applicants will be able to express interest in available properties from that date

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.

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 or

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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