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Bidding Information ISSUE 345
WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 28 JULY 2014 AT 4PM


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Is your home overcrowded?
If anyone in your home is over 18 the InComE project could help. Click here to find out more

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Welcome to LOCATA HOME

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


PROPERTY SWAP EVENT DAY

Date: 30th July 2014
Time: 2.00pm - 7.00pm
At: The Welford Centre, 113 Chalkhill Road, London, HA9 9FX

Genesis Housing Association, Hyde Housing, Brent Housing Partnership, Barnet Homes, Harrow Council, Catalyst Housing, Innisfree, Network Stadium, Metropolitan and L&Q will be participating in this event and we hope our residents will be able to attend on the day.

To register, email mex@lqgroup.org.uk Registration closes on the 23rd July. For more information contact your local housing officer.

 

CROSS BOROUGH ADVERTS

Please note, we are currently unable to advertise properties in the cross partner section of Locata Home. Many partners have recently changed the way they allocate properties, and we are working hard to find a way to make the cross borough section work in a fair and transparent way. Further updates will follow as we make progress.


NEW PROCESS WHEN PLACING BIDS

Please be aware that in order to make a bid you must first view the advert. Click on the advert to check that it is suitable for your needs, if you want to make a bid, click on the button on the top left hand side.


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.

 

 


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