Sussex Homemove Scheme
What is the Sussex Homemove Scheme?
Sussex Homemove is the choice based lettings scheme that Hastings Borough Council uses to advertise social/affordable housing vacancies in Hastings.
The Council's Allocation Scheme was adopted by Cabinet in April 2013 and it explains who can join the Housing Register and access the Homemove Scheme.
You can use the Homemove Scheme as long as you are eligible to join the Housing Register regardless of whether you are a 'Homeseeker' (applying for the first time) or if you are an existing social housing tenant seeking a transfer within the Borough.
'Homeseekers' and 'Transfer' applicants are given the choice to 'bid' for the homes you like by registering an interest in them. All available homes are advertised, with photos and a full description, every two weeks on the Sussex Homemove website. The scheme is very flexible as home-seekers can bid online, by text message, over the phone or by post.
Applicants are put into one of four bands (A to D, with A representing the highest priority) according to their housing need, and properties are offered to the bidder with the highest housing need.
The following documents are available:
How do I apply?
You will need to check first to see if you are eligible to join the Housing Register.
- Use the Housing Register form to check if you are eligible
- Telephone 01424 451100 to discuss your housing situation
To be eligible to join the housing register you must:
- Be a minimum 16 years of age
- Have an identified housing need
- Have lived in Hastings or St Leonards for 3 out of the 5 years or 5 out of 10 years (with few exceptions)
- Be seeking housing for older persons/sheltered accommodation and have lived in the Borough for 3 out of 5 years or 5 out of 10 years
You may not be eligible if:
- You don't need to move from your current address
- You have had rent arrears at a previous address
- You or friends or family have caused Anti Social Behaviour at a previous address
- Use the Housing Register form to check if you are eligible
If you are eligible to join the Housing Register, you will need to make sure you have verification documents for all members of your household including, where applicable:
- Formal identification documents
- Proof of address history for the last 5 years
- Proof of income
- National Insurance numbers
- Dates of birth / pregnancy due date
How do I bid for accommodation?
You need to find out which properties are available. Every two weeks you can find the most recently available properties on www.sussexhomemove.org.uk. You can make bids by phone, by text message, or on this website. You can make up to three bids at a time and although it's called 'bidding', no money changes hands - you're just letting us know you're interested in the property. You will not be notified about your bids unless you are successful. If you are successful, the housing association will contact you to offer a viewing.
How do I choose which property to bid for?
The adverts will tell you about the size, type and location of the property, usually with a photo of a similar property type. You need to carefully read the whole advert to check that the property is suitable to meet your needs. Please ensure you look at the symbols to ensure that this is a property that you are able to bid on.
Not sure which home to bid for?
There is feedback in the online magazine that sets out who was successful in earlier bid rounds. This will show you which properties and areas are the most popular.
Will I be more successful if I bid early?
No, your bid is worth the same whether you bid on the first day or the last day.
How long will I have to wait for an allocation?
The waiting time for allocation of social housing varies in accordance with the type and availability of property.
Where can I get help?
If you have any questions, or if you would like a copy of the Homemove Scheme User Guide produced for people with a learning disability, contact the Community Contact Centre.
You can also find more information on the Sussex Homemove website where properties will be advertised.
Affordable rents and fixed-term tenancies
The Homemove magazine and Homemove website provide information to inform households registered on the Homemove scheme. This specifically includes information on affordable rented properties in the front section of the magazine. If you have any questions regarding the tenancy type or rent being charged please contact the landlord of the property.
What is an affordable rent?
Affordable rent is a rent that can be set by the Registered Provider at up to a maximum of 80% of the local market rent.
What are affordable rented homes?
Affordable rents will be charged on new homes developed with Government funding provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from July 2011.
Registered providers in receipt of funding from the HCA will also be able to convert some existing social rented properties to affordable rent from September 2011. These properties can be let on either a lifetime tenancy or a fixed term tenancy of a minimum of five years.
What impact will this have for Sussex Homemove?
Affordable rented properties may be advertised at higher rents and on different tenancy terms than other properties – the impact of this will differ by local authority and Registered Provider. Registered providers are required to agree a tenure policy with the HCA that sets out their approach to offering fixed term tenancies.
- All properties will be let through Homemove
- The advert will specify what type of tenancy is being offered
- The advert will specify what type of rent is being charged
- Applicants will be shortlisted for properties in the normal way, unless a local lettings plan applies
Social housing, including swapping your home through Mutual Exchange
There is no council housing in Hastings, but there is social rented housing, owned by Registered Providers (Housing Associations), which is let at relatively low rents.
If you would like a social housing property you need to join the Council's Housing Register and bid on properties through the Sussex Homemove Scheme.
If you're already living in social housing you can also swap your home through the Mutual Exchange process.
Sheltered Housing/Housing for Older People
There are a range of sheltered housing schemes for older people provided by Registered Providers in Hastings. Some of these schemes are allocated outside of the Homemove Scheme and others are included within the scheme. These schemes are designed to deliver integrated onsite housing support and housing management service. To make best use of resources, bids would normally be prioritised for applicants aged 65 and over who would benefit from support to live independently.
Apply for sheltered housing/housing for older people through Hastings Borough Council.
- Report an empty home
- Report a rogue Landlord
- HMO enquiries
- Report housing disrepair
- I need landlord advice
- Report nuisance from another property
Got a question about housing and homes?01424 451100
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