Registering with Home Choice Plus
Who is eligible to join the Home Choice Plus Register
Anyone can join Home Choice Plus, but you may be excluded if you have a history of serious rent arrears or anti-social behaviour.
You must be over the age of 16 to apply to join Home Choice Plus. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of receiving an offer, you may be asked to provide a guarantor for the tenancy until your 18th birthday.
However, if you are under the age of 18, please contact Housing Services at Wychavon District Council to discuss your need further.
Before you register with Home Choice Plus
Social Housing is in great demand and often people can wait a long time before being allocated a property through Home Choice Plus. We recommend that before you register with Home Choice Plus, you complete the Housing Options Self Assessment which will provide you with alternative options to Social Housing. This may mean being housed sooner. You can also complete this assessment if you have already registered with Home Choice Plus. To complete this assessment, please click on the links below:
Who is NOT eligible to join the Home Choice Plus Register
Some people travelling to the United Kingdom are not entitled to housing by the Local Authority on the basis of their immigration status as detailed in Section 160A of the Housing Act 1996 as amended. Where an application form indicates that this may be an issue, Home Choice Plus (Wychavon) will investigate to determine whether the applicant is eligible.
The following will not be eligible: -
- Asylum seekers who are waiting for a decision;
- People whose immigration status does not allow them to apply to services which depend on public funds and
- People who have previously been guilty of unacceptable behaviour. This could include anti-social behaviour or neighbourhood nuisance.
- Tell us if there are any changes in your circumstances, these may include: -
- A change of address
- Birth of a child
- Medical reasons
- Someone moves into/out of your household
Deliberately Worsening Circumstances
Where there is evidence that an applicant has deliberately worsened their circumstances in order to qualify for higher priority with Home Choice Plus, no additional priority will be given. Applicants will retain the band they held before worsening their circumstances.
Examples of where someone may have deliberately worsened their circumstances would include: -
- Selling a property that is affordable and suitable for the applicant's need.
- Moving from an assured tenancy to insecure, overcrowded accommodation with family or friends.
- For an applicant to have deliberately worsened their circumstances there must be evidence that it would have been reasonable for the applicant to have remained in their original accommodation.
Removal from Home Choice Plus Register
We will remove you from the Home Choice Plus Register if you:
- Are, or become, not entitled to be allocated housing;
- Ask to be removed;
- Change your address and do not tell us;
- Do not get in touch with us when we ask you (in writing) to do so;
- Do not make a bid within two years of applying to the scheme – a new application will have to be made.