Welcome to Leicester HomeChoice

Welcome to Leicester HomeChoice

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Changes to the Housing Allocations Policy

This is to inform you that Leicester City Council will shortly be changing its Housing Allocations Policy. From 1st May 2014 we will no longer be accepting housing applications from people who are considered to be adequately housed.

We are making this change because there is a high demand for social housing and we are only able to help people who have a housing need such as those living in overcrowded conditions.

As part of the change we are giving a higher priority to those people who are over 50 years of age and who are only interested in one bedroom sheltered accommodation.

If you are currently in Band 5 and want to be considered for this type of accommodation we can move your application to Band 4, however this means that you will only be able to apply for sheltered accommodation.

If you are interested in this or if you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Housing Options Service on (0116) 4541008 (Option 1).

WELFARE REFORMS – Do they Affect You?

Please be aware that the Government has made changes to Housing Benefit. This means if you receive Housing Benefit and are of working age living in a council / housing association home that is larger than the Government says you need, you may lose part of your housing benefit and you may have to pay more for this property in future if the government continues with its plans.

You should therefore take this into consideration when you are accepting any offer of a property. If you currently under occupy your home and wish to move we can assist you to downsize with our EasyMove Scheme, please contact the Property Lettings Team 0116 252 8279 for more information.

If you are single and aged between 25 and 34 and renting from a private landlord or (HomeCome) from 1st January 2012 you will only be entitled to the shared room rate not the one bedroom rate and you will be expected to make up any shortfall in the rent. Consider carefully when bidding for or accepting an offer of accommodation of this type. See our frequently asked questions number 30.

Information on Local Housing Allowance rates can be found on the Leicester City Council website.

Links to the Benefits calculator and Money advice are also provided on this website at the end of the FAQs.

We will update this information as the proposed benefits changes become clearer. If you are concerned or would like to talk to someone about how these changes may affect you please contact our Income Management Team on 0116 454 1007 and ask for Income Management.

Further information is available from the Directgov website.


New to HomeChoice?

If you are new to Leicester HomeChoice you can take a look at the 'FAQ' page for more detailed information on the scheme, or click on the video below.

The period for applying each week will be from 6am on Wednesday until Midnight the following Monday.

You must be logged in to apply for properties

To apply for properties you must be registered with Leicester City Council’s Housing Register. If you are new to HomeChoice you can now apply using our online form; click on the 'Register' button to begin.

There is an expectation that if you are offered a property you will accept the offer. Be sure about the property and the area you choose - detailed information can be found by clicking on the photograph of the property being advertised.