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Bournemouth Borough Council holds and manages a waiting list for affordable housing in the Borough – this is known as the Housing Register. The housing register is a list of Council and Housing Association tenants and those living in private accommodation (privately renting, staying with friends, family etc) who need to move to alternative accommodation. The Council works to ensure that affordable housing is let as fairly as possible, always taking account of those households in the most need.
You can apply on line via www.dorsethomechoice.org|. Alternatively you can request a paper application form by phoning our housing enquiry line on 01202 451467 or you can pick up an application form from our Customer Services Centre, Town Hall, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth.
There are two stages to the application process. Firstly, we must decide whether you are eligible to join the register, and secondly, we will then place applicants into one of our bands which is the way we give an order of priority to everyone on the list.
Please note, if you are not eligible to join the housing register, we will explain this before you complete a full application.
Applicants must have a housing need (i.e. they meet one or more of the statutory reasonable preference groups) to join the housing register. Reasonable Preference groups are;
Applicants will not be eligible unless they have a local connection, which is defined as;
In addition, we will consider your financial circumstances in order to decide whether you are eligible and will not accept the following;
Members of the Armed and Reserve Forces who have a housing need do not have to meet the local connection criteria. These applications will be placed on Gold Band. This includes;
Serving or former members of the Reserve Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service
Applicants with no local connection but with a housing need will be accepted on to the register but only into Bronze band.
Once we have confirmed that you are eligible to join the register, our team will consider your circumstances and make an assessment of your housing need. They will then place you in one of the following bands;
Cases with exceptionally urgent needs will be placed into the Emergency band.
Applicants in this band will have a very high to urgent need housing need. This band is also used enable the Council to provide effective management of the social housing stock. The following categories qualify for Gold Band:
Applicants in this band will have a moderate housing need. If 4 or more of these housing need categories apply, the application will be moved to Gold Band.
Bronze Band applicants will include the following:
Bournemouth are now working in partnership with 5 other local authorities across Dorset to bring you one website to view and express an interest in vacant properties advertised in a weekly property list and one application to join any of their registers. The partnership scheme is called Dorset Home Choice and the local authorities are Bournemouth, Poole, North Dorset, West Dorset, Purbeck and Weymouth & Portland.
Applicants wanting to bid on properties of their choice must ensure they are registered with the relevant local authority. Applicants will only be able to bid on the size of property they are eligible for that meets their household’s need.
Properties are advertised weekly at www.dorsethomechoice.org|
A full guide to the Home Choice scheme can be found at http://www.dorsethomechoice.org/dorset-homechoice/Content.aspx?wkid=1|
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