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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

CUSTOMER SUPPORT DROP IN - CANCELLED

Due to the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19, it has become necessary to cancel the Customer Support Drop-in Service held on Wednesday's at the Town Hall One Stop Shop until future notice. If you have any urgent queries, you can call 01204 335814 however we may be experiencing a high volume of calls and we suggest you email homesforbolton@bolton.gov.uk and a member of the Homes for Bolton Team will be contact you.

Please see the Bolton Council website for the latest update and advice. https://www.bolton.gov.uk/news/article/683/coronavirus-update-and-advice

 


 

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Welcome to the Homes for Bolton website

Important Update - Housing Register Reapplication

The Homes for Bolton service is changing 

From early summer Bolton's Housing Register, Homes for Bolton, will be moving to a new online system. 
If you are a current applicant on the Homes for Bolton register and would like to remain on the register you will need to submit a new application online as soon as possible.

Click here to complete your new application or visit https://locatapro.org/Register/Bolton/

You will not lose the time you have accrued on the housing register providing you reapply by 12th June 2020. If you fail to reapply by this date, you may lose the time you have accrued on the register.

When completing your new application, please ensure you enter your Housing Reference Number (if you have one) when prompted to do so. This is the number that you will have used to log in your original application. We will use your Housing Reference Number to link the time you have accrued on the register to your new application.

If you require assistance, the following options are available;

-Email the Homes for Bolton team at Homesforbolton@bolton.gov.uk

-Call the Homes for Bolton team on 01204 335811 (Please note we are experiencing a high volume of calls and would suggest making contact by email and a member of team will get back to you)

-View our Reregistration Frequently Asked Questions

Corona Virus - Covid 19 - Unfortunately, due to the temporary closure of the UCAN Centres and restricted service in the Town Hall, we are unable to offer face to face assistance. A small number of properties are still being advertised and you can continue to bid for properties as you normally would on the current system.

Once you have completed your new application form, if you have a change of circumstances, please ensure you update both your current and your new application form until the new system goes live in early Summer. 

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Current System


From this website, you can :

 

  - register for rehousing (above)

 

  - update and edit your current application (see above)

 

  - place and edit bids

  - find out your expression results
 

Register for a home in Bolton (Please submit an application on our new system above)   |    Login |   Start your property search

 

• Once logged in please select Edit Application. This will take you through to the online application form. It's important you take the time to go through the form and answer all questions which are incomplete.
• If you don't answer these, your application will be deemed incomplete and you'll be unable to express interest until you've answered the mandatory questions.

 

Having problems logging in?

- View our frequently asked questions or

- Call our team on 01204 335811 or

- Email homesforbolton@bolton.gov.uk
 

If you can't remember your password it will default to the main applicant's date of birth.

  • Make sure you're registered with Homes for Bolton and use your current reference number as your login number. Once you're logged in, you will be able to edit your application and place bids for Homes for Bolton properties.
  • Some landlords may request one or two weeks rent in advance when signing up for a property, further details regarding this can be sought from the individual landlord.
  • Landlords will also require references to be provided if you are offered a property, it is important that these are readily available where possible.

 

 

THIS WEEK'S HOMES FOR BOLTON ADVERT (pdf format) please click HERE

 


Homes for Bolton CBL System Review - October 2017

Homes for Bolton Processes
 

Bolton Council and its Bolton Community Homes (BCH) partner landlords have reviewed the Homes for Bolton processes.

A number of system changes have been agreed through a BCH Choice Based Lettings (CBL) review group and BCH Board following partner consultation.

The key changes to system processes include the following headline requirements:
o Re-balance advertisements between ‘need’ short list and ‘first come first served’ (FCFS)
o Include higher demand properties in the ready to let / FCFS route
o Include ability to afford preference for working households
o Improved pre-allocation customer information
o Improved shortlisting - additional information from application summary including key matching criteria ie ‘right size‘
o Flexibility on advert placement including length and type of advertising cycles
o Develop target marketing approaches around particular need and property profiles / demand issues.
o Website re-skin / overall refresh

Bolton Council and its BCH partners are always interested to hear from people who use the services so if you have any comments you can email homesforbolton@bolton.gov.uk

This document details those process changes in more detail. (PDF format, Adobe Reader required)
CBL Service Review - October 2017

 
Please click here for helpful advice in preparation for applying for Bolton at Home properties through Homes for Bolton.  

 

 

Welfare reform criteria

• Household size criteria within Homes for Bolton property adverts is an indication only. Preference will usually be   given to those who will not under-occupy under Welfare Reform size criteria which accounts for age, gender and relationships of persons within a household.

• This will usually apply in all cases whether the household is in receipt of benefits or not.

• Landlords may also carry out an affordability test.

 

Preventing you from becoming Homeless 

We will provide help, advice and support to prevent you from becoming homeless, wherever possible. If you're at risk of becoming homeless the most important thing is to get advice as soon as possible. There may be things that can be done to prevent you losing your home and becoming homeless.

See further information about help available.

 

Need some housing advice?

We can give you advice and assistance on a variety of housing issues including:

   - Renting accommodation from private landlords and registered providers 
   - Housing Benefits - advice on entitlement and assistance with queries
   - Relationship Breakdown - housing options
   - Advice to all tenants and private landlords in relation to security of tenure, rights and obligations, rent,
     harassment, threat of eviction, repairs, legal procedure for seeking possession
   - Homelessness or homeless prevention - advice on your rights and different housing options. Homeless
     interventions to help prevent you from losing your home.
   - Referral to certain temporary accommodation schemes
   - Bolton Bond Board Scheme - A non-cash deposit guarantee scheme to help people who are homeless and on a
     low income or benefits, to secure private rented accommodation

Further housing advice information.

 

Money management, guidance and help with debt

Please click here to visit our website!

Bolton’s Money Skills Service helps local people take control of their finances. The service is split into two distinct but complementary parts: Money Skills and Money Advice
Money Skills offers free, confidential and impartial advice, enabling you to deal with your everyday money matters.
We can offer a bespoke programme based on your individual needs including
• Opening and operating a bank account
• Planning and budgeting
• Making savings on your gas and electricity bills
Money Advice offers free, confidential and impartial debt advice. If you are falling behind with your payments, or have built up arrears Money Advice will do their best to guide you through your difficulties.
If necessary, Bolton’s Money Skills Service can use its expertise to direct you to other agencies that might best meet your needs.
For further information on debt advice or financial advice please click on the link below.

www.boltonsmoneyskills.org.uk
 

Furniture Options

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Looking for affordable white goods and furnishings? Furniture4U is the convenient, centrally located place to go for all your furnishing, carpeting and white good needs.

Please click HERE for more information about the FURNITURE4U service in Bolton.

http://www.furniture4u.org.uk/

 

 

Policy and Development

Read our policies.

Privacy Policy for Choice Based Lettings click here

Data Protection Statement click here. (updated May 2018)

Homes for Bolton terms and conditions.


Mutual Exchange or Homeswapper

If you're interested in a mutual exchange, please visit www.homeswapper.co.uk 
 

Further information

Homes for Bolton and our partners provide a wide range of services see more information.

Some landlords may request one weeks rent in advance, further details can be sought from the individual landlord. Landlords will also require references to be provided at point of offer, it is important that these are readily available where possible.

Shortlists may not be available immediately after the closing date, on some occasions they may be available later.
 

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