The authorities in the scheme are:
You must have been accepted onto the Housing Register for one of the councils named above to be able to apply for either rented or low cost home ownership properties. Anyone aged 16 years or over may apply to join the Housing Register.
Along with your completed application form, you will need to provide the following:
Your application form will list the proofs required when you apply.
Before you are offered a property, you may need to provide additional documents to support your application. We will tell you what documents to provide and when to provide them. All documents provided must be up to date and valid.
Providing you have properly completed your application form and proved your ID and eligibility, your application will be processed but may be placed in the lowest band, until the other documents are received. The date of registration will be the date your fully completed form is received. If you are then moved into a higher band, your effective date will be the date the proofs were received.
If your application form is incomplete, it will be returned to you.
You will receive a letter telling you that you have been accepted onto the Housing Register. This will tell you the band you have been placed in, the date you have been registered from, and the type and size of properties you can bid for.
There are some people who are not eligible to be included on the Housing Register. These are:
For more detailed information, contact Housing Needs.
Your application will be assessed according to your circumstances and placed into one of 4 bands (Charnwood HomeSearch Bands). We will also take into account whether you have a local connection with either the district of Charnwood or other districts in the Leicestershire sub-region, and whether you are able to afford to resolve your own housing problems. Within each band, applications are placed in date order.
You will stay in the same band for as long as you are living in the same circumstances. If your circumstances change, then you may be placed into a higher or lower band as a result.
It is important that you tell us of any changes in your circumstances so that we can amend your application. We will tell you if this results in your application moving to a different band.
If a change results in you moving to a higher band, your effective date will change to the date you move into the higher band. If the change results in you moving to a lower band, the effective date will revert to the date you previously went into that band OR, if you had not previously been in that band, your original registration date.
If you have not told us about changes that affect your priority, then this may delay you getting an offer of accommodation. We will make checks before confirming an offer and if your circumstances are different to those on your application form, the offer may be withdrawn and your application will be suspended until you have provided proof of the relevant changes.
Yes, once a year, normally on the anniversary of your application, you will be sent a renewal form, which you must complete and return within 28 days. If you do not return the form, we will write and tell you that your application has been cancelled.
If someone in your household has a medical condition which is affected by their housing, you will be asked to provide details. The council may decide to give additional priority because of these medical reasons. If additional priority is given for medical reasons, then priority will only apply when you bid for properties that are suitable. For example, if priority is given because someone has difficulty climbing stairs, they will not have priority if they bid for a house or a first floor fat where there is no lift.
Properties available for rent are advertised each fortnight. Homeseekers will have one week to make their bids. The CBL Bidding Calender 2013 provides the dates when you can bid for properties.
Properties are advertised:
The adverts will tell you:
Where available, a photograph of the property or a similar house type will be provided. If you are viewing online, you will be able to access information about the local area and facilities.
You can express your interest or 'bid' in the following ways:
You will be able to express an interest in a maximum of 3 rented properties each time properties are advertised. However, you will only be able to express interest in properties that are suitable for your household.
Yes, when you bid for a property online or by phone, you will be told your position in the shortlist (e.g. 4th or 27th). This position is likely to change as other people bid for the property.
Using this information you may decide to withdraw your bid for one property and bid for a different property where you are placed higher in the queue. You can do this at any time before the closing date.
When you bid by text, you will receive a text confirming your position in the shortlist - but you will not be able to undo a text bid and change it to another property.
Once the closing date for bids has passed, a shortlist of interested homeseekers is drawn up. The shortlist is usually in order of local connection, followed by band, and then by the date that the homeseeker has become eligible for the band.
Before you are formally offered a property, you will be required to provide up to date proofs to verify your current circumstances. You may not be offered the property if any of the following applies at the point of offer:
This is not an exhaustive list and different landlords may have different criteria.
Yes, you will be given an opportunity to view the property and decide whether you would like to accept it.
Information about homes that have been successfully let can be found at Recent Lets and these will also be published in the property newsletter. We will tell you the number of homeseekers that expressed an interest in each property, the successful homeseeker's band and their registration date.
This will give you a better idea of how popular a particular property type or area is and how long you would normally have to wait. You can then decide whether to look for other types of property or areas where you may not have to wait as long.
If you have already been made an offer of a property, this offer will stand.
However, if the offer does not progress for any reason(s) and you are not re-housed, you will need to bid for properties using Charnwood HomeSearch.
Households who are homeless or threatened with homelessness should contact Housing Needs on 01509 63 4567 as soon as possible to arrange an interview to discuss their circumstances.
We will work with you to try and prevent you becoming homeless and will discuss your housing options with you.
If you disagree with any of the following decisions you can request a review:
To request a review you must contact Housing Needs within 28 days of the date you are notified of the decision and the reason for it.
You may provide additional information in writing that you wish to be taken into account when the review is carried out. You will normally be advised of the outcome of the review within 28 days.