Harborough Home Search (HHS) maintains the housing register for the district. HHS assess applications to join the housing register in accordance with our Allocations policy. This policy was agreed working in partnership with Registered Providers (Landlords) who own social homes in our district. This Policy ensures that there is a fair and consistent process in place to assess all applications to join the housing register.
Once registered, home seekers are able to bid on up to two properties (in each advertising cycle) where they meet the criteria on the property advert. Once bidding closes, these bids are shortlisted and passed to the relevant Landlord. The Landlord then assesses those bids in relation to their organisation's specific allocations policy.
We are pleased to say that the number of social homes in our district increases each year and the number of Landlords we are working with is also increasing. The HHS Allocations policy therefore forms an umbrella policy and each Landlord has it's own specific Allocations/Lettings policy. Whilst these are very similar there will be some differences due to their business priorities, operational differences and in some cases, their charitable purpose. It is therefore important when placing a bid that home seekers understand that they will be considered for a property, in accordance with the advertised criteria, and the Landlord's own Allocations/Lettings policy. The main areas of difference between policies at the moment relate to home seekers who owe rent or housing debt, the number of bedrooms they are able to bid for (based upon household composition) and criminal convictions/anti-social behaviour.
Each organisation reviews their policies at different intervals and we try to ensure that home seekers have the information they need to make an informed bid. It is not always possible to notify home seekers of changes individually when we learn of them.
Below are copies of the Allocations/Lettings policies for Seven Locks Housing, de Montfort Housing Society, Riverside, Leicestershire Rural Housing Association, Derwent Living, emh homes and Spires Homes. There is also information on Seven Locks Housing's starter tenancies and a copy of Seven Locks Housing's Lettings Matrix which shows the types of properties home seekers are eligible to apply for subject to an affordability calculation: