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Welcome to Epsom and Ewell Homechoice, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council's new way of allocating housing association properties for rent and shared ownership properties for sale.     

HOMECHOICE aims to give you more choice in deciding where you want to live. Properties that are available for rent will be advertised from midnight Thursday each week. Shared ownership properties for sale and mutual exchanges will also be advertised.        

You must then tell us which properties you are interested in. This process is known as "bidding". You will be able to bid for up to three properties each week. You may only bid for a property if your application has been accepted onto our Housing Needs Register.

Our website contains useful information to help you find a suitable home. You can use this website to:

Search for available properties

Apply for a property

View results of previous lettings

If you or someone you know would like would like help to use Homechoice please contact Housing Services. Click How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.

NEWS UPDATES - June  2013

Affordable Rent & Fixed Term Tenancies

The Government have introduced a range of changes to the way social housing is delivered.  Housing Associations are now able to let their new build properties, and a some of their relets, at new "affordable" rents as opposed to subsidised “social” rents.  Affordable Rent homes are a form of social housing however “affordable" rents are likely to be set at a level of up to 80% of the market rent. Housing Associations will also be able to let their properties on fixed-term tenancies of at least five (occasionally two) years as opposed to the current assured periodic tenancies.

Epsom Station & Windsor Court

These properties have now been allocated. 

Noble Park  - updated June 2013.

The final phase of  Rosebery  Housing Association development at Noble Park will come on line between August and December 2013. This will comprise of:

7 x 1 bedroom flats

6 x 3 bedroom houses

2 x 4 bedroom houses

Please be aware that a Lettings Plan and the new Government Social Housing room size criteria will apply to these properties. Any household that does not meet this criteria will be over looked. For more information on Noble Park Lettings Plan.

Orbit Housing Association are also developing 16 properties on Noble Park. This will comprise of 2 x 1 bed room flats and 14 x 2 bedroom flats. These will be let  on Affordable Rent & Fixed Term Tenancies and a letting plan will apply.  These are planned for completion in late winter 2013.

Homebuy - Catalyst

HomeBuy is a Government led initiative that enables eligible individuals and families into homeownership by offering assistance in a number of different ways. For many people, this program will provide the best chance of owning a home in the area in which they want to live and work.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council work with Catalyst Housing Group, the Government appointed Homebuy Agent covering the Surrey area, to promote the HomeBuy initiative and all the available options.

To apply for Homebuy or any other low cost home ownership scheme in our borough you need to apply to the Council’s Housing Needs Register and also with Catalyst Housing Group who are the Homebuy Agents for Surrey.  All applicants may be subject to confirmation of employment status and eligibility criteria.

H.E.L.P - New employment and training advice service launched by Housing Services.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council, Mole Valley District Council, and Elmbridge Borough Council have joined together with VT Enterprise Ltd and have launched an innovative new advice service called HELP - Housing Employment Local Partnership, which will help East Surrey residents get access to training and employment opportunities when they seek housing advice from their council.

A team of three staff, skilled in providing employment and training advice, will work with the councils’ own Housing Options teams to deliver the service. This means that, as well getting advice on housing issues, anyone seen by their council’s Housing Options team will be offered support with entering training, learning or employment.

This will include better off at work calculations, assistance with job applications, interview techniques and work action plans, as well as financial management and benefit advice.

Of the three HELP staff, there is one advisor covering Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge and another Elmbridge and Mole Valley.  A coordinator will be based at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s offices.

If you, or anyone you know, would benefit from this service please contact Nina Jago on 07766 314567 01 01372 732000.

 

Please Be Aware Of The Following: 

The pictures of properties that you will see on the property search pages are generic pictures of the roads, blocks of flat or schemes and are meant to give general guidance of the location that the available property is in.

Your bidding position will not take account of our lettings plans. This will mean that the bidding position may not be a true reflection of whether you will receive an offer.

Your bedroom eligibility is for Epsom & Ewell Homechoice and East Surrey Homechoice.  There are slight differences between these policies. This will mean that you may be able to bid for East Surrey Homechoice properties that you would not necessarily be entitled to under our own policy.

You may NOT AT ANY TIME view the interior of any available property until you have been contacted by the landlord and arrangements for viewing have been made.

If you have logged in to your account page on a public PC, please remember to log out before leaving the PC.  You can do this by using the Log our button on the right hand side of the tab bar above.

Helping You to Use the Service

If you have been unable to log in please contact us as soon as possible.  

 

If you or someone you know would like help to use our service please contact us. Click  How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.
If you would like to use the telephone bidding service call

Property Information Line 01372 732666

Take down the Reference number of any properties you are interested in, make sure you have your log in details to hand, and then call

Property Bidding Line 0845 2701908

All calls are charged at local rates

We would welcome your feedback on this service.  If you have any comments to make please contact us at housing@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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