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How to apply for affordable housing.Sun, 20th September 2020

How to apply for affordable housing.

The Parish Council are aware that there is a need for affordable housing within the Parish of Chalfont St Giles and that there is a severe shortage of affordable housing in the area. The Parish Council wishes to ensure that Parishioners who are unable to afford market rates are aware of the options available to them, and how to access them.

Rural Exception sites such as Lapraik Grove have been permitted on Green Belt Land specifically in order to address the needs of the local community by accommodating households who are either current residents or have an existing family or employment connection to the area.  In order to qualify, you have to previously register.

Bucks Home Choice is the scheme by which social housing is allocated in Buckinghamshire. It is operated by a partnership of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils, together with the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust. As far as the Parish Council are aware, this scheme will continue after the District Councils are merged into the Buckinghamshire Unitary Authority in April 2020.

The scheme advertises social rented properties and aims to give more choice about where you live and when you move. The first step is to register with Bucks Home Choice. All applicants are assessed according to their housing need, given a priority band and advised what size property they are eligible for. The assessment will include factors such as income, present housing circumstances: overcrowding or poorly maintained accommodation etc.

Once you have received your assessment you can see which properties you are eligible to bid for. This can be done by logging in with your Bucks Home Choice number and date of birth. You decide which properties you would like to be considered for and place a bid on up to 3 properties in each advertising cycle. The properties are usually let to the person in the highest priority band.

You can bid for up to 3 properties in each bidding cycle. You can bid for properties on Bucks Home Choice by:

• Internet

• In person

• By telephone

Things to consider before bidding

• Please ensure that you read the advert in full to see if the property is suitable for your family needs e.g. if the property states it is suitable for a wheelchair user and you do not use a wheelchair, you will not be considered

• If your family requires a specific type of property e.g. ground floor then you will not be considered for an upper floor flat without a lift

• The location of the property

• Whether you can afford to pay the rent

• Whether pets are allowed

Bidding by internet:

• Open the Bucks Home Choice website

• Enter your registration number and date of birth and click “Login”

• Select “Make a Bid” to see the properties you are eligible to bid for

• Click on "Click to view advert" to see the advert

• Click on “Bid” for the property you want to bid for

• Repeat step 4 for each property you want to bid for. If you change your mind you can delete your bid as long as the bidding cycle has not closed

Bidding by telephone

If you have no one to help you and you are unable to place a bid yourself, you can call the telephone number of the partner that manages your application. You will find the numbers in the ‘Contact Us’ section to the left.

For more information please visit the Bucks Home Choice website https://www.buckshomechoice.org.uk/choice/home.aspx

The Parish Council wishes to encourage all Parishioners in housing need to register for Bucks Home Choice in order to ensure that they will be eligible to apply for any affordable housing which does become available locally.