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The Council is a member of the Sussex Homemove scheme, which is a partnership of 11 authorities in East and West Sussex who are operating Choice-Based Lettings (CBL). However, Affinity Sutton continues to run the Common Housing Register for us.
The Council is introducing a revised Housing Allocation Scheme from 01 May 2014 which, amongst other changes, sets out new rules about who may join (or remain on) the Council's housing register and bid for a home. The new rules will affect a significant number of existing housing applicants who may be removed from the register. Applicants will be contacted in due course if they are affected by this.
How to apply for social housing in Mid Sussex (pdf, 635kb)
Our Housing Allocation Scheme from 1st May 2014 (pdf, 403kb)
Important information on changes to rents and tenancies in Mid Sussex
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Upton House, 7 Perrymount Road
Tel: 0300 100 0303
What is Choice-Based Lettings (CBL)?
Choice-Based Lettings gives people more choice about where they live. It is a new way of letting housing association homes across the district. Rather than the Council allocating properties, the scheme lets you 'bid' for the homes you like by registering an interest in them. All available homes are advertised every two weeks on the Sussex Homemove website www.homemove.org.uk where you can see photos and descriptions of each one. All 'bids' are then ranked according to the household's housing need and allocated according to rules set out in the Council's Housing Allocation Scheme. People wanting to move are put into one of four bands according to their housing need - this replaces the complex points system we have used in the past.
How do I register and get on to the scheme?
Click on the 'Register online' button in the top right hand corner of your screen to go to the online application form. You will be asked to create a username and password when you start filling in the form. The form can take up to 2 hours to complete, but as long as you save what you've completed as you go along, you don't have to finish the form all at once. You can log back on at a later date to complete the form. Your form is not submitted until you press the 'submit' button at the end of the form.
Is the form broken? Then report it to MidsussexHomemove@affinitysutton.com
For help and assistance for older people who want to register online contact either
- the Age UK Help at Home Service on 01444 452253 (Your Home Your Choice leaflet) or through the Age UK website or
- the Family Mosaic Outreach Service on 0207 089 3298 (Outreach Support for Older People leaflet) or email@example.com
What happens after I have registered for CBL?
You will be sent a registration pack containing your new membership number (which you will need in order to bid), details of the Band you have been placed in and and your Priority Date, together with a copy of the Scheme User Guide. You will also be sent paper coupons for bidding through the post if this is what you prefer.
What if my registration pack doesn't arrive?
Please contact the HomemoveTeam on 0300 100 0303 if you have registered online but your pack doesn't arrive.
What are the Bands?
You will be placed into one of four bands that show your priority for housing. Full details of who goes it which band are set out in the Council's Housing Allocation Scheme and are summarised at the end of our booklet 'How to apply for social housing' (pdf 635kb).
- Band A is for households with an emergency or urgent priority to move.
- Band B is for households with a high priority to move.
- Band C is for households with a medium priority to move.
- Band D is for households with no housing need but who are interested in affordable housing.
How is housing allocated under Choice-Based Lettings?
Every two weeks we advertise all the available homes in Mid Sussex in a Sussex-wide property list you can find on the front page of the Sussex Homemove website at www.homemove.org.uk. The property adverts will tell you all about each property, for example how many bedrooms, what the rent is, who the landlord is and if any restrictions apply.
You can then bid for the properties you are interested in and eligible for. All the bids for a property are recorded in priority order by Band, local connection with Mid Sussex and time on the register. Once the time for bidding is closed, the Homemove Team contacts those at the top of the shortlist to offer them the property.
How do I bid?
The easiest way to bid is on the Homemove website at www.homemove.org.uk . But you can also bid by automated telephone, by text message or by posting a special paper coupon which you will be sent with your registration pack. Details of how to bid like this are set out in the Scheme Users Guide you are sent when you register.
What type of home can I bid for?
When you log on to the Homemove website, you will find all the properties you are entitled to bid for ready for you to choose. We will normally advertise homes based on the following criteria:
- Property size - the property advert includes how many bedrooms the property has and a minimum/maximum number of people in the household that can apply.
- Adapted properties and those with a mobility code may be offered first to people with a confirmed requirement or need.
- Ground floor accommodation may be offered first to those people who have an agreed need for such properties.
- Sheltered accommodation is only available for people who meet the age requirements or other specific needs.
- Rural properties - some properties in rural areas will be restricted to applicants with a proven connection to the village or parish.
- New housing developments - first lettings of new housing developments will be offered first to people who have a local connection with the town or village where the new homes are.
How many bids can I make?
You can bid for up to three properties in every fortnightly cycle. Each cycle begins when the new property list is published on a Thursday and then bidding starts at 4pm that day and closes at 2pm on the following Wednesday. There is no advantage in bidding early, so long as you bid before bidding closes you will be considered.
Once I've made a bid can I change my mind?
Yes - before bidding closes you can change or withdraw your bid if you want to and later on you can choose to refuse an offer if that is your decision. There is no advantage given to people who bid early. Your bid will be considered so long as you bid before bidding closes at 2pm on the Wednesday of that cycle.
How do I know if my bid is successful?
If you are offered a home, you will be contacted to make an arrangement for you to view it as soon as possible. You can decide to accept or refuse the offer when you view the home or within 24 hours of viewing. We can make arrangements if you have any special needs or requirements. We will not write to you if your bid is not successful, but we will publish feedback about the number of bids we had for each home and what band the successful bidder was in.
I'm homeless - can I still choose a home through Choice-Based Lettings?
Yes - but you will have to bid within a time limit, after which we may bid on your behalf if you haven't been successful.
Can I still bid if I am in rent arrears?
You can bid for homes you are eligible for but you may be given less priority if you are a social tenant in rent arrears or have a housing related debt to a housing association or a council. If you want to move, it is important that you keep your rent payments up to date or clear any debt you have on a previous tenancy.
Looking to do a mutual exchange? Affinity Sutton tenants get free membership with Homeswapper - one of a number of national mutual exchange sites for council and housing association tenants wishing to swap homes with their landlords' permission. Guidance on mutual exchange in Mid Sussex
Any other questions?
Upton House, 7 Perrymount Road
Tel: 0300 100 0303
For help for older people who want to register online contact either:
- Age UK Outreach on 01444 452253 or outreach@
ageukwestsussex.org.uk (Leaflet) or
- Family Mosaic Outreach on 0207 089 3298 or midsussexoutreach@
Homeswapper - a national mutual exchange website
7 Perrymount Road
Tel: 0300 100 0303