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Bidding Information ISSUE 557
WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT 4PM


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Is your home overcrowded?
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Welcome to LOCATA HOME

If you wish to contact your landlord direct please find their contact details here.

To go directly to the new housing options websites please click on the links below.

Brent www.locata.org.uk/Brent
Ealing www.locata.org.uk/Ealing
Harrow www.locata.org.uk/Harrow
Hillingdon www.locata.org.uk/Hillingdon
Hounslow www.locata.org.uk/Hounslow


Important information regarding Bidding

Changes to the bidding process

In July 2018 we will be changing the way that properties are advertised and bids are made on Locata. Bidding will be open all the time and as soon as a new property becomes available, it will be advertised, so you could see new ones every day and you can place bids on any day of the week. All new properties will be advertised on Locata for 5 working days.

From July, instead of having to download a list of all the advertised properties (previously called the freesheet), you will be able to see this simply by looking on the website. To see a personalised list of properties that are suitable for you, just log in to your own account. Properties will be advertised for 7 days, so as long as you log in at least once a week, you will not miss any suitable adverts.

We are also making the website easier to use from your mobile device and making it easier for you to log in to your account.


Locata Home on the go

Far more smartphones and tablets are now sold than conventional personal computers such as laptops. To reflect this we have developed apps to enable you to access Locata Home more easily.

For iPhones, click here.

For Android phones download the Google Play app here.

Both these apps are free to download.


Times are changing...

Finding accommodation in West London is not easy.

High house prices and a lack of affordable rented housing mean that for many, finding accommodation on the open market is simply not a realistic option. The chronic shortage of accommodation also means that most councils and housing associations have strict eligibility requirements to make sure that their homes are allocated to those in most housing need.

It is essential, therefore, that you obtain specialist advice if you are looking for accommodation. You need to know what your housing rights are and should find out what assistance you may be entitled to. There are several options if you are seeking advice on housing issues.

This page has been designed to offer useful links & housing advice to help you obtain the information you need.


Welfare Reform

The Government are reforming the benefits system to help people to move into and progress in work, while supporting the most vulnerable.

Reforming the benefit system aims to make it fairer, more affordable and better able to tackle poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency. The Government are committed to overhauling the benefit system to promote work and personal responsibility.

These changes might affect you. Find out more about the changes by clicking here


Important Information about Tenancies and Rent

The Government has announced major changes to the way councils and housing associations can rent out homes, to ensure that social landlords can continue to build new homes.

There will be two main types of rent:
• social rents
• affordable rents

and two types of tenancy lengths:
• lifetime tenancies
• flexible tenancies

Most of the changes will only affect new tenants, but existing tenants may be affected if they move home.

You can find out more by clicking here

 

Consider your options...


Mutual Exchange

Exchange Locata

The easiest way for you to exchange your home. Exchange Locata is a direct, online social housing exchange service for tenants and landlords.

HomeSwapper

HomeSwapper is a direct home swap service for social housing tenants who want a house swap, flat swap or to exchange their council house.

Under-occupiers - incentives to move

Your landlord may offer a cash incentive for under occupying households to move to a smaller property. Find out more by contacting your Landlord.

housingmoves.com

Housingmoves is the Mayor of London's housing mobility scheme that allows tenants of London boroughs or housing associations to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London. To find out more, click here

Seaside and Country Homes

This scheme offers people who are aged 60 and over and living in Council or Housing Association housing in Greater London the opportunity to move. To find out more, click here

West London Sheltered Properties

Sheltered Housing is a group of unfurnished homes specifically designed to provide independent secure accommodation with extra social and domestic facilities for the elderly. You can enjoy living independently in your own home while having the benefit of living in a small secure community. There are shared facilities such as laundry rooms, lounges for a number of social activities, guest rooms, shared gardens, security and safety features. Scheme Managers visit and there is 24hr help in an emergency by connecting you to a call centre. To be eligible to live in one of our homes you need to be 60 years of age or older.

Sheltered properties are advertised in Locata Home

Advice Gateway
My Advice Gateway is a free website resource for you, the customer. It has brought together lots of useful advice, information and links in one place in an easily searchable website for you to use. It is sponsored by LHS so please feel free to use it as much as you want.

We have updated the website to include all the new changes to the benefit system.

this site was created for Locata by Sector [UK] Ltd in partnership with LHS Sector in Australia