Numerous changes to Housing law and the Herts Choice Homes Councils’ policies have taken place since the scheme was set up over five years ago.
As a result, it is no longer possible to operate the ‘Cross-Partner’ facility in the same way. With effect from 7th March, the only properties advertised in this section will be those for which each council wishes to widen the number of people eligible to bid.
This will effectively restrict those being advertised to homes designated for elderly people and those adapted for use by disabled people. It is most unlikely that any ‘general needs’ family homes will be included in the future.
This does not affect the total number of properties being advertised. If you require any further information, please contact the Council with which you are registered.
Thrive Homes Sheltered Scheme Open Days
Thrive Homes are holding three open days at independent living schemes. The aim is to show what these schemes and facilities have to offer to and dispel the myths of sheltered accommodation.
The dates and locations are as follows:-
Wednesday 12 March 2014 - Moneyhill Court, Dellwood Road, Rickmansworth, WD3 7DY
Wednesday 19 March 2014 - Tannerswood Court, Oak Green, Abbotts Langley, WD5 OPW
Wednesday 26 March 2014 - Harrogate Community Centre, Harrogate Road, South Oxhey, WD19 7BG
For Further enquires please contact Thrive Homes on T:01923 693848
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has reviewed the type of tenancies it offers
What tenancies will we offer new tenants?
From November 18th 2013 most new council tenants will be granted a five-year flexible tenancy.
However some tenants will continue to be granted a secure council tenancy. A secure council tenancy will be granted where the property into which they are moving is sheltered accommodation or other accommodation which has been specially designed or adapted to meet a households member’s needs, for example a long-term disability.
Tenants will be notified in writing by us of the type of tenancy which they will be given.
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.