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Welcome to Hampshire Home Choice

IMPORTANT NEWS ITEMS:

CAN YOU REFUSE TO ACCEPT ME ONTO THE HAMPSHIRE HOME CHOICE HOUSING REGISTER?

BEFORE YOU COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM YOU CAN CONTACT ONE OF THE PARTICIPATING COUNCIL'S TO FIND OUT IF YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE ACCEPTED.

Not everyone will be accepted to join Hampshire Home Choice.   There are some people who are not eligible to be included on the Housing Register.  These are:

  • Certain people who are subject to Immigration Control under the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act.
  • Certain people from abroad who are not subject to immigration control but who are not habitually resident in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland.

You will also need to be a qualifying person.  You will normally be a qualifying person if you are:

  • In Housing Need, and
  • Have a single of joint income of less than £60,000 or £45,000 for Eastleigh applicants, and
  • Have Assets and/or Savings of less than £16,000, and
  • Have a Local Connection with one of the participating Councils (East Hampshire District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Havant Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council or Winchester City Council).

You will not normally be a qualifying person if you:

  • Do not have a Local Connection
  • Have the means to resolve your own housing difficulties
  • Are an owner occupier (unless are a household type which could be considered for extra-care or sheltered housing)
  • Are not in housing need (unless are a household type which could be considered for extra-care or sheltered housing)
  • Are a Portsmouth City Council Tenant.

There are some exceptions and different rules for people serving or have served in the Armed Forces.  For further details please contact your local Housing Service.


 

 

Hampshire Home Choice is managed by East Hampshire District Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Havant Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Winchester City Council and advertises all social housing in the five Council areas.

Click here for full details of the revised Hampshire Home Choice Allocations Framework, including the current bedroom assessment table.

Hampshire Home Choice aims to give applicants a choice in deciding where they wish to live.  However, applicants who have deliberately worsened their circumstances or, there has been unacceptable behaviour or applicants with outstanding debts or, who are offered but regularly refuse properties may have their application suspended.

Registered Providers (RPs) and Winchester City Council properties that are available for renting are advertised each week.  Once you have an application registered with Hampshire Home Choice it will become your responsibility to bid for properties in which you are interested.  You may only bid for a property once your application has been accepted onto the Hampshire Home Choice Housing Register.  Please click on  How to Use the Service for more details including a step-by-step guide.

You should only bid for properties in places where you definitely wish to live so please take this into account before making a bid.  Properties are advertised from 00.01 Wednesday until 23.59 Sunday each week during which you may make bids.  You can use Hampshire Home Choice to:

Further information about Hampshire Home Choice can be found in "Who can use the service", "Frequently asked Questions and Answers" and the Hampshire Home Choice Scheme Guide.  If you would like assistance on how to use Hampshire Home Choice, please contact your local Housing Service.  For details on how to contact us and our opening hours,  click on How to Contact Us.

Change of Circumstances

If you are currently registered on Hampshire Home Choice and your circumstances have changed, please download, complete and return the Change of Circumstances Form  to the local authority you are registered with.

Other Useful Information

  • Social housing tenants who wish to exchange can look at www.homeswapper.co.uk.  Please click here for advice and tips on mutual exchanges.
  • Applicants interested in applying for Home Buy or shared ownership can look at Help to Buy South.
  • Applicants considering private renting should contact their local Housing Service for information.
  • For news on developments in the Winchester City Council area please click Here.
  • For news on developments in the East Hampshire District Council area click Here.

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