Bucks Home Choice – Choice Based Lettings

Bucks Home ChoiceBucks Home Choice is our Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme, operated by a partnership of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils, together with the Paradigm Housing Group.

If you are a homeseeker or an existing tenant, you can use Bucks Home Choice to find a suitable home. You will have the chance to see all the available vacancies and, if eligible, choose which properties you’d like to apply for.

We believe that CBL is the best way to ensure you are housed as quickly as possible, and in a property that you like.

How are applications prioritized?

All applications are assessed under a four band system depending on your circumstances. We will work with you to ensure that you are placed in the correct band.

Why does the partnership have a banding system?

Residents and potential applicants have told us that the points system is complicated and they do not really understand how it works. Banding is more straightforward, and we hope you will find the system is clear and easy to understand. Please let us know your feedback, as this will help us to improve Bucks Home Choice in the future.

How can I find a home?

Properties that are available are advertised once every two weeks in various places, for example Bucks Home Choice website, at Fairfax House and in the offices of the other members of Home Choice. The adverts give details about the size and type of the property, the area and street, rental costs and service charges if applicable, and other things you may find interesting.

How can I show an interest in a property?

You can express an interest in any advertised property that you are eligible for on the Bucks Home Choice website or in person at one of the Partnership’s customer service centres. If you are not sure what to do, please call our Customer Contact Centre, who will be able to help you. You can apply for up to three vacancies at a time.

Do I need a computer to participate?

We don’t just advertise available homes on the internet. As well as being able to view the information in the offices, there are newsletters and property adverts, as well as a 24-hour advertising hotline.

You can apply for a property you like by a text message and a 24-hour bidding hotline.For anyone who does not have access to a computer, but would like to participate using the web site, libraries across the partnership can help with Internet access.

Are there more available homes as a result of Bucks Homes Choice?

Bucks Home Choice will not increase the supply of affordable rented homes in the area. There may even be times when properties that you are eligible for, are not available for you to bid on.

However, CBL gives you an easier way to apply for a home, and more say in where you live. You are able to see, read or hear for yourself what is available before applying for a property.

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, Fairfax House, 69 Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2NJ    Tel: 01296 732600

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