Welcome to HOMESEEKERS, the choice based lettings scheme for Council and Housing Association properties in Tower Hamlets.
On the 17th October we introduced some major changes to the Allocations Scheme, which will affect everyone currently on, or applying to, the Tower Hamlets Housing register.
Outlined below is a brief overview of some of the key changes to the Allocations Scheme and how you will be affected.
We have reduced the Priority bands from four to three. Band 4 has now been removed and any applications previously placed in this band have now been contacted and either removed from the housing register or re-banded (the majority of those removed were applicants living outside the Borough).
BAND 1 - This is split into 2 groups:
Group A - Emergency cases.
Priority Decants with less than 1 year to the clearance date of their property.
Medical/Disability need for a Ground floor or Wheelchair Category A or B accessible property.
Group B -Extenuating social or medical awards Decants.
Priority Target Groups and armed forces personnel in urgent housing need.
BAND 2 - Overcrowded applicants.
BAND 3 - Households with no defined housing need.
- Generally, those applying to the housing register must have a minimum 3 years' continuous. residence in Tower Hamlets at the point of application.
- An income threshold of £85,000 for single or joint applications has been introduced.
- Homeowners are typically not eligible to join the register.
- Persons found guilty of Anti-Social Behaviour will not be allowed to join the housing register.
- A maximum of 3 bids will be allowed during each bidding cycle.
- 'Real time' bid positions will be available at the time of bidding on the web or by phone.
- A Browse Aloud option will be available for partially sighted applicants bidding on the web.
- The option to bid by mobile phone has been introduced, please go to https://m.thhs.org.uk
- A maximum of 3 offers of housing will be made.
- If more than 3 offers are refused the person's application will be demoted to the bottom of their Priority Band for a period of 12 months. Any subsequent refusal will result in a further 12 months' demotion.
- Results of offers will be published and updated regularly on the Homeseekers website allowing you to see what Priority Band and Preference Date the successful bidders had.
The revised Allocations Scheme came into effect on 20th of April 2013 and a copy is now available to download, please click here.
Do I have the option to bid for a property smaller than
my assessed (or 'ideal') bedroom need?
To ease any financial hardship that the Welfare Reforms may cause some families, households will now have the option to bid for a property smaller than their assessed bedroom need (as defined by the Tower Hamlets Allocations Scheme).
You will still be able to bid for the size of property that we have assessed your household as requiring, but you now have the choice to bid for a property which is one bedroom and one bed space smaller than what you ideally need, subject to this not causing statutory overcrowding.
PLEASE NOTE: If you bid and are housed to a property that is smaller than your assessed need and then make a transfer application for rehousing you will then start with a new registration date i.e. you will lose your previous waiting time on the housing register.
To bid for available homes, you need to login, please click here.
Remember there are 3 steps to making a web bid, for details, click here.
Can you afford an Affordable Rent property?
Click here to open a calculator designed to help you decide. The link opens to an Excel page, and when prompted, please make sure you 'enable macros', or "enable content".
|WHAT IS HOUSING MOVES?
Housing Moves is the Mayor of London's housing mobility scheme that allows tenants of London boroughs or housing associations to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London. It is run by the Greater London Authority and the majority of London boroughs and housing associations are participating.
If you would like more information about Housing Moves then please click here.
We are happy to announce that the Council and its Common Housing Register partners joined Housing Moves on 8th October 2012. Tenants are now able to register on the scheme to move out of Tower Hamlets.
HOUSING MOVES SCHEME, NOW OFFERS NEW HOMES IN THE OLYMPIC PARK
For further information, please click here.
|Do you live in a home which has MORE BEDROOMS than you need? Then we may be able to help, please click here for more details.
The following are Partner Landlords: Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Homes, Poplar HARCA, Tower Hamlets Community Housing, Spitalfields HA, Swan Housing Association, EastendHomes, Gateway Housing Association, Southern Housing Group, Old Ford HA, Providence Row HA, Family Mosaic, East Thames Housing Group, Metropolitan Housing Trust, One Housing Group, Newlon Housing Trust, Network Stadium, Guinness South, Genesis Housing Association, Circle 33 Housing Trust, Gallions Housing Association, London & Quadrant, Notting Hill Housing Trust, Peabody. All work as partners to provide the Common Housing Register. To find out more about these landlords, please click here.