Bexley HomeChoice

Help to apply for social rented housing in Bexley

What does it do?

Bexley HomeChoice is a ‘Choice-based lettings’ (CBL) system intended to make it easier for you to apply for rented housing and, if you are eligible, to choose between properties that become available.

A key feature of most CBLs  is that you only need to provide your details (ie. register) once for all or most of the ‘social housing’ landlords in its area. Your needs will be assessed and you will be awarded a ‘priority rating’. Then when properties become available they will be advertised, and you will be able to ‘bid’ for them.

All CBLs advertise properties on their website, and many libraries have computers available for use if you don't have one at home. In most areas the Council ensures that printed lists are also available in libraries and council offices, and sometimes in local free newspapers or newsletters.

Applicants on the housing register can then place bids on properties they are interested in. Bidding rounds typically last either a week or a fortnight. If several people bid for the same property, their relative priority rating will usually determine who is offered the property first. In some areas the length of time you have been registered may also be taken into account.

People who are already tenants of councils or ‘social landlords’ and who want to move (‘transfer’) to a more suitable property will generally have to register with the choice-based lettings system, just like other applicants. However in many areas they will be awarded a higher priority if they want, or are willing, to move to a smaller property.

Who it is for?

Anyone who wants to apply for social rented housing in Bexley Borough.

If you are not currently on the housing register but would like to apply to Bexley for a home, please visit Bexley HomeChoice to download an application form or contact Bexley Allocations Service, bas@bexley.gov.uk to request a paper copy of the form.
Once someone's housing need has been assessed and the appropriate priority awarded they can bid for suitable homes through Bexley HomeChoice, Bexley's Choice Based Lettings service.
Applicants on the housing register can then place bids on properties they are interested in. Details of all properties are also printed and displayed in libraries across the borough as well as at the Civic Offices. Libraries also have computers available for use if you don't have one at home.

Where it is available?

Local service (Bexley).

What it costs:

It is a free service.

How to access or apply for it:

Visit the Bexley HomeChoice website to register, search and bid for properties.

If you need help, call us on 0203 045 3100.

Or use this same number to make an appointment to come and see us at: Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT

What to expect then:

Visit the website to find out what to expect next, and to answer any other questions you may have.

Additional information:

Most rented housing that is designed for older people is provided by local councils or housing associations. It is usually let at below market rents, either‘social rents’ or ‘affordable rents’.

In many part of the country it is in short supply, and therefore applicants must generally be able to show that:

  • they need this kind of housing;
  • they cannot afford to buy it, or to buy a share in a ‘shared ownership’ property;
  • they live, or need to live, in a particular council area.

All ‘choice-based lettings’ systems will assess you according to these criteria, and perhaps other local requirements, before awarding you a ‘priority rating’.

If you are interested in ‘extra care’ housing, which caters for frailer older people, then your care needs will also be assessed. 

Applying for sheltered housing

To be eligible you must be aged 55 or over.
you will need to register on the Bexley HomeChoice housing register
if you are a registered social landlord tenant living in the borough you may be given more priority if you give up more than one bedroom
Contact the Allocations team on 020 3045 3100 and request an application form.
Visit Bexley HomeChoice for more information and to view any sheltered properties currently available.

What is sheltered housing?

Sheltered housing is designed for the needs of older people, enabling them to maintain an independent lifestyle.
the accommodation is designed to meet the needs of older people
properties are unfurnished and self contained
most have one bedroom but there are some studios
some properties have shared facilities like a free laundry and a communal lounge
some schemes may have a guest room where friends or relatives can stay overnight
residents live completely independently and have their own front door, kitchen, lounge, etc.

Sheltered housing is not:
a nursing home
somewhere where meals are provided for residents
accommodation suitable for people who are very frail or require high levels of medical care
available to anyone under 55 years of age

What support is available?

Most of the schemes have a scheme manager or warden to provide residents with advice and information, to monitor wellbeing and to deal with emergencies.
They can help residents access care and other support services but are not able to provide help with nursing or household tasks.

Important note
In some areas not all sheltered or retirement accommodation is let through choice-based lettings. Some housing associations are able to let a proportion of their properties outside of the system. EAC’s website www.HousingCare.org carries advertisements for many of these, and provides details of how to apply direct to the landlords concerned.

Classification(s):

Info last updated:

29/09/2017