West Norfolk Homechoice
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Placing Bids - Christmas 2013
Due to the Christmas holidays, for the week commencing Monday 16 December bids can be placed from Wednesday 18 December until 12 noon on Friday 20 December.
For the week commencing 23 December bids can be placed from Wednesday 25 December until Wednesday 1 January.
From Monday 6 January 2014 the advert cycle will be back to normal and you will be able to place bids from Wednesday 8 January until 12 noon on Monday 13 January.
What is West Norfolk Homechoice?
With West Norfolk Homechoice you can apply to rent a home of your choice rather than having to wait for an offer that somebody else thinks is suitable for you.
The scheme is administered by Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk in partnership with Housing Associations in the area. All available properties are advertised weekly in the Lynn News and on this website.
Please note significant changes to West Norfolk Homechoice policy will come into effect on 1st July 2013, details of these changes are below.
Please see the Guide to West Norfolk Homechoice (pdf 456kb) for full details of West Norfolk Homechoice works.
You must complete an application form (pdf 255Kb) and be accepted on the West Norfolk Housing Register to be able to bid for available properties.
Customers seeking affordable home ownership through shared ownership and shared equity schemes should see the Guide to Low Cost Home Ownership (pdf 542Kb)
Available properties are advertised on a weekly basis.
You can register bids from Wednesday of each week using this website. Click on ‘Bid for a property using West Norfolk Homechoice’ at the top of this page and register to use the service.
All bids for advertised properties must be received by 12 noon on the Monday following them becoming available.
Changes to West Norfolk Homechoice Policy From 1 July 2013
From 1 July 2013 new applicants to the housing register will be assessed in accordance with the new policy. Any applicants not meeting the new criteria below will not be added to the register. If you are an existing applicant, you will remain on the register until reviews are undertaken. Reviews will be completed by March 2014.
However, this will be subject to any future Government statute or guidance which may supersede the current Allocations Policy or require a revision of the current scheme.
Applicants will only be accepted onto the Homechoice register if they have been resident in West Norfolk for the last 3 years.
Exceptions will be those accepted as priority need homeless by Housing Options or where there is an overwhelming need on welfare grounds and where extreme hardship would occur.
Serving members of the military or those who have left service within the last 5 years will be considered to have a local connection, regardless of previous residence in West Norfolk. This includes bereaved spouses or reservists who have been injured during their service.
Those in high and medium bands will have three months added to their date of application.
Compensation received due to injuries gained during service will not be taken into account when assessing their financial means.
Those whose income, savings and equity total more than one third of the average suitable property price in West Norfolk will not be admitted to the Homechoice register.
Exceptions will be where there is an overwhelming need on welfare grounds and where extreme hardship would occur.
Every tenth family size vacancy will be advertised giving preference to those in employment – these properties will be marked as WORK in the advert.
Rent arrears through the 'bedroom tax'
Partner Housing Association tenants who are in
arrears genuinely due to the 'bedroom tax' and this has been
confirmed by an affordability assessment by Housing Options will
not have their priority reduced on the Homechoice
If the Operations Manager for Adoptions and Fostering Services, NCC, confirms to the Senior Housing Officer for West Norfolk Homechoice that an extra room is needed by an applicant for this purpose, the appropriate priority may be awarded.
All applicants applying to West Norfolk Homechoice will be required to provide proof of identity and income for all households members.
Important Changes to Housing Benefit (pdf 38Kb)
Rent Charges on Wherry Homes (pdf 955Kb)
Orbit Help to Buy
Help to Buy is a range of home ownership products developed to make it more affordable to buy the right home for you.
Orbit will process your Help to Buy application to determine your eligibility for the Help to Buy schemes.
If you are eligible, they will keep your details on a central register and make them available to Housing Associations that have homes available in the West Norfolk area.
Please visit the Orbit Help to Buy Agents website and download the on-line application form or call them on 03458 50 20 50 and they will send you an information pack and application form.
For the latest availability of both new homes and resale properties please check the property search facility on Orbit Help to Buy Agents website or see the brochure ‘Affordable homes available in Norfolk and Suffolk’ which can be obtained from the Council’s offices.
For new homes provided by a Housing Association on a Rural Housing Exception site, preference is given to those that have a strong local connection to the particular village or parish.
Please note, applicants must meet the West Norfolk Homechoice allocations policy criteria as set out in the Guide to West Norfolk Homechoice (revised June 2013).
Please click on the links below to see the local connection criteria for each site.
Boundary Close, Hockwold (pdf 10Kb)
Common Lane, Brancaster Staithe (pdf 10Kb)
Cherry Tree Road, Snettisham (pdf 10Kb)
Church Road, Clenchwarton (pdf 10Kb)
Crofts Close, Burnham Market (pdf 10Kb)
Dalegate Lane, Burnham Deepdale (pdf 9Kb)
Edinburgh Cottages, West Newton (pdf 8Kb)
Edmund Moundeford Road, Feltwell (pdf 9Kb)
Furlong Road, Stoke Ferry (pdf 11Kb)
Hall Farm, Back Street, Gayton (pdf 12Kb)
Jarvie Close, Sedgeford (pdf 9Kb)
Jewels Close, Bellamy Lane, Burnham Market (pdf 11Kb)
Lamsey Lane, Heacham (pdf 9Kb)
Leicester Road, South Creake (pdf 10Kb)
Millers Place, Harpley (pdf 10Kb)
Old Bedford Row, Welney (pdf 11Kb)
Roosters Close, Snettisham (pdf 10Kb)
Saxon Field, Brancaster (pdf 9.18Kb)
School Road, East Rudham (pdf 10Kb)
Shammer Close, Docking (pdf 10Kb)
Sutton Road, Terrington St Clement (pdf 11Kb)
Tower Road, Burnham Overy Staithe (pdf 12kb)
Town Lane/Massingham Road, Castle Acre (pdf 17kb)
Upcher Close, Feltwell (pdf 13Kb)
Woodgate Way, Docking (pdf 28Kb)
If you are currently a Housing Association tenant, you may wish to consider a mutual exchange (swap) of tenancies. You should contact your own landlord for more information.
Tenants of Broadland Housing Association, Freebridge Community Housing, Guinness Trust, Minster General Housing, Orbit, Peddars Way and Wherry may register at the House Exchange Website.
Employment, Training, Benefits and Money Advice Information
Are you seeking work and training opportunities?
If you are seeking work employment and training opportunities across the local or wider region the following websites may be useful in offering further help and information.
Job search - Use this link to search Jobcentre Plus to find out about jobs and claiming benefits which you may be entitled to. Also search for training, career information, voluntary work and childcare providers across this or any area of the UK.
Benefits advisor - Do you need help, advice or information about benefits? Use this link to answer questions online about your savings, income and outgoings, to get benefit advice, for you/your family or for someone else. You will not be asked for your name or address.
Find your way back to work - If you need tips on applying for jobs and interviews or want to develop your skills, you’ll find a range of support and advice using this link to the Directgov website.
Redundancy and leaving your job - Are you threatened with redundancy or dismissal? Do you need access to information which will help you to reach a decision about redundancy or dismissal? Then use this link to access a range of useful information which may help and guide you.
Managing debt - Do you need help, advice or information to help you manage yours debts? Use this link to find out more.
Learning Works – Can learning work for you? Develop your skills and employability. NVQs, IT, Maths and English. Free information, advice and guidance.
If you have any further queries regarding the West Norfolk Homechoice scheme then please do not hesitate to contact us on: 01553 616200.
West Norfolk Homechoice
Environmental Health & Housing
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
Last updated: 03 December 2013
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Related Documents and Forms
Guide to West Norfolk Homechoice (pdf456kb)
Guide to Low Cost Home Ownership (pdf 542Kb)
Low Cost Home Ownership Application (pdf 569Kb)
Special Needs Assessment (pdf 500Kb)
Change of Circumstances (pdf 28.6Kb)
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