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Thursday, 17-Apr-2014


Harborough Home Search Allocations Policy

Following a period of statutory consultation on proposed changes to the Harborough Home Search Allocations Policy, the Council's Executive approved the changes on the 25th March and agreed by Council. We are now beginning to implement those changes. 

The key changes to policy are set out below.

  • Only accepting applicants onto the housing register who have a local connection with one of the seven Councils within the scheme (except if there are exceptional circumstances)
  • Number of bids per cycle reducing from 3 to 2
  • Frequency of advertising cycle changing from fortnightly to weekly
  • Time in High Band reducing from 24 weeks to 16 weeks
  • Time in Priority Band reducing from 12 weeks to 8 weeks
  • Suspending applicants who have refused three suitable offers of accommodation/failed to attend viewings/  respond to offers (without good reason)
  • Including transfer applicants subject to bedroom tax in High Band
  • Including applicants in financial hardship who have difficulty in meeting their housing costs in Medium Band
  • Including private tenants, tied tenants and social tenants who are adequately housed and have no medical/welfare need in Low Band
  • Not accepting applications from applicants in Starter/Introductory Tenancies (except in special circumstances)

Whilst we make changes to our computer system to accommodate the policy changes, we are in the process of preparing for a complete review of the housing register. Whilst we do this, we will be encouraging applicants to notify us of any change in their circumstances to ensure all applications are up to-date. 

We will no longer accept applications to join the housing register from anyone without a local connection to one of the Local Authorities in the Leicestershire cbl scheme and we will be cancelling existing applications where the applicants do not meet the local connection criteria with one of the Leicestershire Councils.   


Welcome to Harborough Home Search   -  Your complete Housing Options Service  

Harborough Home Search is a partnership between Harborough District Council and all of the Housing Associations operating in the district.

This site displays all of the rented and shared ownership properties the housing associations currently have available. You will also find details of other housing options such as mutual exchanges within the district and properties available for rent from Private Landlords.

We aim to give you more choice in deciding where you want to live in the District. Housing Association properties that are available for rent will normally be advertised every two weeks in our Housing Options Booklet.

You can choose which properties you are interested in and show your interest by bidding for a property. You may only bid for a property if your application has been accepted onto our housing register.  Don't worry about the word 'bid' this does not involve money it just means you are telling us that you are interested in a particular property and want to be considered for it. 

You can place a 'bid' on this website, or by telephone. 

To place a bid by telephone you will need to have your unique Harborough Home Search reference number, your memorable date password and the property reference number that you want to bid for.  The number to call when placing a bid is 0300 011 0129. 

Our website contains useful information to help you find you a suitable home. You can use this website to:

If you would like help to use Home Search please contact the Harborough Home Search team where one of our Housing Advisers will be able to assist.
Click How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.

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