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Homechoice - applying for a home
Many people are looking for a home in Eastleigh and may
have to wait several years before being
successful. Homechoice is the name of the housing register for
the allocation of social housing for the Borough of Eastleigh.
Anybody wanting to move to or within social housing in Eastleigh
must be registered on Homechoice. It may never be possible
for people with minor housing problems or no local connection
to obtain a housing association home, so we offer a 'housing
options' service based at the Eastleigh Civic Offices to help you
to consider what else you can do.
How to register
From January 2014, all
housing association vacancies in the Borough will
be advertised and let through the Hampshire Homechoice
Housing Register . Apply here if you
wish to join the register.
Vacant properties and how to bid for them
Until the new Hampshire Homechoice system goes live, properties
will still be advertised on Eastleigh Homechoice, and applicants
should continue to bid for these as normal. Search current
vacancies on the Homechoice website.
Only existing Eastleigh Homechoice Housing Register applicants
can bid for these vacancies.
Changes to Eastleigh Homechoice
Eastleigh Borough Council is joining Hampshire Homechoice. All
housing applicants will be sent details of the changes shortly
(including changes to eligibility, houisng priority bands and band
As there are nearly 6000 applications on the current register,
moving to Hampshire Homechoice will require a lot of work in
checking details are correct, gathering and inputting new
information required, and so on.
For this reason we have set a cut-off date of 10th
October 2013 for accepting applications on to Eastleigh
Homechoice. After this, people must visit the Hampshire Homechoice
website, to join the housing register.
It is likely to take several months before all applications are
put on to the new system and checked. Please bear with us during
this period. Your application to the Hampshire Homechoice Register
will be backdated to the date we received your application. Also,
it takes a long time to be housed through the housing register, so
you will not miss out on housing during this period.
housing is designed for older residents and managed in a way that
provides peace of mind, with an alarm system and the services of a
scheme manager, who often lives 'off site'. If you would like to be
considered for sheltered housing you
should complete this application form which covers
most of the sheltered housing in the Borough. There are
a small number of housing associations who have their own waiting
lists and we can give information on these if you would like to
Most housing association websites have pages which explain more
about sheltered housing.
First Wessex website
Extra Care schemes are for frailer residents and have on site
staff. Further information regarding all the schemes in the
Borough can be found in the
Already a tenant? Transfers
If you are a tenant of one of the housing associations in the
Eastleigh Borough area you may be eligible for a transfer to a
larger or smaller property in the Borough. If you want
further information on your eligibility for a transfer you should
contact your landlord.
Already a housing association tenant? Mutual exchanges
In some cases, tenants of local authorities
and housing associations have a right to 'mutually exchange'.
This means that they can 'swap' their property with somebody
else. We are really keen to encourage people with a spare
room to exchange with overcrowded families.
You can register on line at www.homeswapper.co.uk.
Your landlord who will give you further advice such as what homes
you can and cannot be exchanged to and what the risks are.
You have a right to question
the band in which you are placed. The leaflet Requesting a review of Eastleigh
Homechoice Register decisions ( pdf )' explains how to do
More information about Homechoice
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