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More choice for homeseekers

5 July


North Yorkshire Strategic Housing Partnership.

A new project to improve the way affordable homes are let to tenants will be launched this week.


‘North Yorkshire Homechoice’ - the North Yorkshire Choice Based Lettings scheme – has been developed by most local authorities and housing associations across the county.


The new approach is based on the public advertising of available properties – from both councils and Housing Associations. It is designed to promote choice, mobility and better information about housing options for local people seeking accommodation.


A new countywide housing register has been created, and everyone registered with the scheme will soon receive a ‘welcome pack’ with details of their unique reference number, their banding within Homechoice and information about how to bid for homes.


The first properties are due to be advertised this week – 7 July.


Scarborough Borough Council’s Housing Manager, Andrew Rowe said:


“This is a very exciting new scheme making affordable homes more accessible to the people who need them. No one needs to worry as help and advice is at hand for people who are new to this. They can contact Yorkshire Coast Homes or the council’s Housing Options Team or check out the guidance on the website about how to find a home.”


Properties will be advertised on the website and will also be on display at both landlords and council public offices. Homeseekers can bid for homes in a number of ways:


  • via the website
  • by calling the automated telephone bidding line on 0300-011-2170
  • by text at 07537 402495
  • in person at a local housing office
  • by postal coupon


Following the first advertising this week, properties will be advertised weekly every Thursday. Bidders will have until the following Tuesday to register their bid for the home of their choice. Feedback about the status of successful bidders will be published on the website on a regular basis.


In future months existing tenants wanting to swap homes with other tenants will also be able to use Homechoice to advertise their homes, and more housing options will be advertised via the Homechoice scheme.


Yorkshire Coast Homes have also made special arrangements to support vulnerable people, for example elderly people living in remote rural areas. A local telephone (01723) 343390 number is also available for all households who do not have internet access.

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