Information for Three Rivers District Council Applicants
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 announced that from 1 April 2013 the rules for the size of accommodation Housing Benefit will pay for properties in the private sector will also apply to social tenants of working age.
As a result Three Rivers District Council amended the Housing Allocations Policy to align bedroom eligibility with that of the Government's Housing Benefit in August 2013.
To reflect these amendments and the changing demand for social housing within the district, Three Rivers District Council is amending the Housing Allocations Policy to reassess the priority awarded to applicants requiring a larger property.
Please click here to see the changes to priority banding for applicants requiring a larger property with effect from the bidding cycle starting 25th October 2013.
Please remember to look carefully at the number of people for whom a property is suited.
In addition to the number of bedrooms, one of the symbols shows how many people it will accommodate.
For example, a 3 bedroom house may show that it is suitable for 3 – 5 people. This means that a maximum of 5 people may live there as it has two double bedrooms and one single.
A three bedroom house for a maximum of 7 people will have three doubles and a dining room which may be used as a fourth bedroom.
So, to avoid disappointment, take full account of your own family size before registering a bid.
Your Housing Options
If you are a new user of this website and are seeking to apply to the housing register, please click on the ‘Register’ button on the left of this page. The first step in the process is to complete a brief questionnaire which will identify the most suitable housing options for you.
For existing scheme members, you should also benefit from completing the questionnaire. This will identify the most appropriate alternatives to Social Housing for you and present these in a personalised Action Plan. The questionnaire can be accessed by clicking the ‘Register’ button on the left of this page but, as you are already a scheme member, there is no need to go on to complete the application for registration.
Housing Allocations Policies
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Herts Choice Homes (HCH)
Herts Choice Homes is a choice based lettings scheme for council and housing association homes across 5 authorities in Hertfordshire. They are: Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council, Three Rivers District Council, Watford Borough Council and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
Herts Choice Homes does not increase the number of affordable homes for rent, but aims to give you more choice about where you live.
You can use Herts Choice Homes if you are an existing tenant seeking a transfer, if you are a homeseeker already on the Housing Register (waiting list) or if you are applying for the first time.
Every week council and housing association properties are advertised on this website. You can search to see if there are any you wish to be considered for. When you find a property you like you need to express an interest in it by making a ‘bid’. There is no money involved though!
You can bid for properties in several ways. Bid online, by telephone, by text message, or in person. To bid online you will need to log on with your Herts Choice Homes number and date of birth. If you are already registered with us for housing you should have your HCH number. If not, we will write to you with your number when you apply.
Follow the link 'Herts Choice Homes Scheme User Guide' on the left for more information or contact your local council or housing association.