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We are leaving the Leicestershire Sub-Regional Partnership for Choice Based Lettings and are re-introducing our own system.

What does this mean for me?

Existing customers from 6 November 2017

To remain on the Housing Register you will need to make a new Housing Application online on the Council’s new ‘Choice Based Lettings’ website at www.blabyhomes.org from the 6 November.

Please be aware that properties will start to be advertised on the new website from 7 December 2017 onwards.

The last bidding cycle on the existing Choice Based Lettings System www.blaby-homes.org.uk will end on 05 December 2017. From this date onwards all properties will then be advertised on the new system.

Banding and ‘banding effective dates’ will remain the same on the new system – unless there has been a relevant change in circumstances.

You will no longer be able to ‘bid’ on properties in other Council areas using the Council website. If you have a local connection with another Leicestershire District or Borough Council then you will need to apply to them directly.

If you do not have a local connection with Blaby District Council then your application will be treated as non-qualifying.

Why are we changing - the good news

This change means that you will be able to apply, tell us about changes and bid on properties using a variety of devices including smart phones, tablet, notebook and laptop computers – and on a variety of web browsers.

You will also be able to upload your documents electronically and photographs of documents will be accepted (as long as they are clear and can be read). This means that you will be able to use the built in camera found on most smart phones and tablets to take pictures of documents and instantly upload them to your application.

New applicants

New applicants will continue to be able to apply on the existing system but should also make an application on the new system from 6 November 2017. Paper application forms are not available for the new system. If you require help in completing an application please contact the Blaby District Council Housing Options Team.

In summary

All housing association vacancies are currently advertised and let through the old choice based lettings web site.This will cease on the 7th November and be replaced by the new system.

All applications must be supported by certain proofs and evidence. These can be uploaded to your new application using the camera found on smartphones or tablet computers. They may be scanned and e-mailed to housing.options@blaby.gov.uk or posted/handed into the council offices at Council Offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LEICS, LE19 2EP.

If you send original documents you do so at your own risk, we would advise you to send them via recorded delivery.


General Information 

• Blaby District Council does not own any properties. The properties advertised through the scheme are from registered providers (housing associations) or other local authorities.

• When the properties are available the housing associations will advertise them on the Choice Based Lettings website. When you have an active housing application you can put 'bids' on these properties.

Until the 06 November you can apply by completing a form online HERE or printing off and completing an application. After this date please go to the new application website www.blabyhomes.org.

Please note:

All housing associations are now asking for rent in advance when you are offered a property through the council.

This is usually 1-2 weeks rent.

You should start saving some money when you apply for housing as the council are not able to help you with money to move into social housing.

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Further information

Social housing exchanges - see FAQ page
Supported accommodation

Downloads

 
Allocations Policy    
Housing application form
Medical form

External websites

Blaby Choice Based Lettings - Current Website

Blaby Homes - New Website (Accessible from 6 November)

 

Contact

Housing Options
Blaby District Council
Council Offices
Desford Road
Narborough
Leicester
LE19 2EP

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