Homechoice is the way we let social housing in the North Yorkshire Local Authority areas of Craven, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and York (NB Harrogate operate their own waiting list and allocations policy) and is a partnership between the North Yorkshire local authorities mentioned and our partner housing associations of Broadacres. Yorkshire Coast Homes and Yorkshire Housing. This scheme replaced the points-based system used previously by the individual local authorities and gives applicants more choice regarding their housing.
You will need to complete an application form. Applications can be made on-line or in paper form.
Yes, you will need to provide documentation to support your identity and eligibility for housing and to enable your application to be assessed.
You will receive a confirmation letter to say your application has been accepted. The letter will also inform you of your registration number and password, your registration date and the band your application has been assessed for and will include the type of property and the number of bedrooms you can bid for.
It is how we assess your priority for housing. We operate four bands and these are allocated following an assessment of your housing need.
No. Following the Localism Act 2011 North Yorkshire Home Choice operate a "closed" housing register which means that we operate an eligibility and qualification criteria.
It is not possible to say how long you will need to wait. We have more people on our housing register than there are available properties and therefore not everybody on the register will secure housing. It is therefore important that you look at all housing options that may be available including registered social housing landlords, private rented homes and mutual exchange..
This is an expression of interest in a property and does not mean you have to pay any money. You will be advised on the type of property and number of bedrooms you are eligible to apply for and you will be able to bid on a maximum of 3 properties each week.
No, you should only bid on properties that you have been assessed for. Bids on properties that you have not been assessed for or where you do not meet the advertised criteria will be a wasted bid and you will be overlooked or "skipped".
You can bid in a number of ways
By text to 07537 402495,
The automated telephone bidding line – 0300-011-2170
Send in bid coupon by post
Contact your local Council office
No. Bids can be placed at any time during the property advertising cycle. The advertising cycle is open from Thursday until Tuesday. When the advertising cycle is closed all bids received will be sorted in order of priority.
You can withdraw a bid at anytime during the advertising cycle
If you decline a suitable property this will count as a refusal. Where 3 offers of suitable accommodation have been refused then your application may be removed from the NYHC register for a minimum of 12 months.
You will be contacted and asked which property you would like to be considered for.
Properties are advertised weekly. Properties are advertised from Thursday until Tuesday. No bids can be placed on a Wednesday.