Who can apply for properties through Blaby Home Search?
You must have been accepted onto Blaby's Housing Register to be able to apply for either rented or low cost home ownership properties through Blaby Home Search. Anyone aged 16 years or over may apply to join the Housing Register.
How do I apply to join the Housing Register?
You will need to complete an application form. These can be downloaded by clicking here or obtained from the Council Offices, Blaby Joint Service Shop or Braunstone Civic Centre. Click How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.
What other documents do I need to provide?
Along with your application form you will need to provide the following:
Proof of identity for all household members (e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate)
Proof of current address (e.g. recent utility bill)
Proof of income (e.g.copy of recent wage slip or employment contract)
Proof of children living with you (e.g. copy of child benefit payment and/or child tax credits)
Proof of pregnancy (e.g. copy of NHS confirmation of due date)
Evidence of your right to reside in the UK if you are not a british citizen (e.g.passport & other relevant Home Office Information)
All documents provided must be originals, up to date and valid. For a full list of acceptable documents contact the Housing Options Team.
What happens if I do not provide the required documents?
Providing you have properly completed your application form it will be processed but placed in the lowest band until the documents we need are received. Once we have recieved all your documents, your application will be moved into the appropriate band from the date the documents were received. If your application form is incomplete it will be returned to you.
How do I know if I have been accepted onto the Housing Register?
You will receive a letter confirming that you have been accepted onto the Housing Register. This will tell you the band you have been placed in, your housing register number and your login reference number. You will need this information in order to register your interest (bid) for properties.
Can you refuse to accept me onto the Housing Register?
There are some people who are not eligible to be included on the Housing Register. These are:
For more detailed information contact the Housing Options Team or download a copy of the full Allocations Policy.
What are priority Bands?
Your application will be assessed according to your level of housing need and placed in one of 4 bands. We will also take into account whether you have a local connection with Blaby District and the extent of this and whether you are able to afford to resolve your own housing problems.
What do I do if my circumstances change?
It is very important that you tell us of any changes in your circumstances so that we can amend your application. We will tell you if this results in your application moving to a different band. If you move up a band the date used will be the date you move into that band. If you move down a band, the date used will be the date that applied when you were previously in that band.
What if someone in my household has a medical condition?
If someone in your household has a medical condition you will be asked to provide details for assessment. You can continue to choose which properties to express an interest in but must be mindful of your condition and only express interest in suitable properties such as ground floor flat or bungalow if you cannot climb stairs.
How often are properties advertised?
Properties available for rent are advertised normally every two weeks.
Where are properties advertised?
Properties are advertised in the following ways:
Online at www.leicesterhsire-homes.org.uk , click on the Blaby district logo
In the Housing Options Booklet available from the Home Search Property Shop and the following display/collection points:
What information will the property adverts contain?
The adverts will tell you the landlord, location, size, rent and other features of the property. Where available a photograph of the property or a similar house type will be provided and you will be able to access information about the local area and facilities. The advert will also tell you if there are any special requirements that the applicant must meet, such as age requirements, which bands may bid for the property and which will be given priority for the property. It also tells you the number of bedrooms that applicants applying for the property need to be entitled to. If your bedroom entitlement is different to this you will not be able to bid for that property.
How do you decide who is offered a property?
Once the closing date for bids has passed a shortlist of interested applicants is drawn up. The shortlist is in order of eligibility according to the criteria stated in the advert details for that property. The applicant at the top of the list will normally be offered the property.
What if I become homeless?
Households who are homeless or threatened with homelessness should contact the Housing Options Team to arrange an interview to discuss their circumstances. We will work with you to try to prevent you becoming homeless and will discuss your housing options with you.
How do I request a review of a decision?
If you disagree with any of the following decisions you can request a review:
To request a review you must contact the Housing Options Team within 21 days of the date you are notified of the decision and the reason for it. You may provide additional information in writing that you wish to be taken into account when the review is carried out. You will normally be advised of the outcome of the review within 8 weeks. You may not request a further review.