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Explore your housing options and find a new home
Welcome to Affinity Sutton Home Choice, our Choice Based Lettings scheme and housing options information service.

Choice based lettings is the way in which Affinity Sutton allocates some of its available homes. Any available homes that are not subject to local authority nomination rights will be advertised here.


**IMPORTANT NEWS**

**From Monday 13 October Home Choice will be closing for 8 weeks whilst we make changes to the system to implement our new lettings policy.  You will be unable to complete a housing application form or use our housing wizard during this time.  We will be back up and running and able to accept new housing applications early December 2014** 

You may be eligible to apply for housing through your local authority so we would recommend you contact them for further housing options advice.

**If you have an active Home Choice application you can still log into your account and search for available properties by clicking the 'log in' button on the top of the page**

If you are an existing Affinity Sutton resident and have an urgent need to move please contact us by emailing housing.options@affinitysutton.com

We will update the website again when we are accepting new housing applications so please check back in December for more information.

Update 17 November 2014 - We have started to contact active Home Choice users to ask that they complete a change in circumstances form.  You will recieve an email from us when you need to complete this.  It it important that you complete the form as soon as you can, as you will be unable to bid for any advertised homes until we have assesssed your housing need against our new lettings policy

Housing Options
The demand for homes exceeds the supply available. We regret we will not be able to accept everyone on to our housing register. Those people we do accept may have a considerable time to wait dependent on the property type, size and location required. Therefore we positively encourage you to use our housing options wizard before applying to register with us. The Housing Options Wizard provides more information on the range of options that may be suitable for your situation. It also has other useful advice links and information about eligibility criteria for our homes.
 
 
Tenancies
Affinity Sutton offers most of its new tenants a fixed term tenancy, with a one year probationary period. The usual fixed term period will be six years including an 18 month probationary period, that will be reviewed at 12 months and only continued if if any of the tenancy conditions are broken. If there are no problems with the tenancy, then  the tenancy will continue until the end of the fixed term period (known as a Fixed Term tenancy).  The type of tenancy we offer you will depend on a few things such as whether you hold a tenancy with a council or other housing association immediately prior to accepting a tenancy from Affinity Sutton. The property you are accepting will also influence the type of tenancy we offer you. For more information regarding this, see our short guide to Affordable Rents and Fixed Term Tenancies.

To see exactly what your rights and responsibilities would be if you became an Affinity Sutton tenant, please see the sample tenancy agreements below. As stated above, the tenancy agreement that you receive would be dependant on your specific circumstances. We will say clearly in our offer letter to a prospective tenant what type of tenancy we will offer and for what length of time

 

Bidding
Once you are accepted on to our housing register you'll be able to bid for suitable properties that you're interested in. You'll be able to keep track of what you've bid for on your home page. Please read all of the information on the property advert carefully before deciding to bid. It should have all of the information you need such as location, property type, size, rent and the type of tenancy we'll offer to the successful bidder. Please only bid for properties you are genuinely interested in. There is a limit of 3 bids per weekly advertising cycle.

 

 

Eligibility

Please note, we have recently made some changes to our eligibility policy:

- If you are pregnant, you will no longer be awarded an extra bedroom until the baby is born.
- Two children of different gender can now share a bedroom until one of them reaches the age of 10.

- Two children of the same gender can now share a bedroom until one of them reaches the age of 16.

These changes may affect how many bedrooms you are eligible for. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Housing Options Team and we will do our best to help you

 

Are you in employment and looking for a home in any of these areas?

 

Abbey Hulton

Hull

Newton Le Willows

Stafford

South Shields

Warrington

Widnes

 

If so, we may be able to consider you for a property 1 bedroom in excess of your assessed housing need.  Look out for our weekly adverts for any available properties.  We will say in our adverts if we will be able to consider under occupation for applicants who are in employment (subject to a satisfactory affordability check).  Any questions?  Please email us at housing.options@affinitysutton.com

 

 

*Please Note: If you provide your email address on your housing application form we will use this email address to communicate with you during the verification of your housing application.

 

 

Sign Language Tool

Video - how to bid using the site in Sign Language

Download Documents

Internet Access

Free access to the internet in Affinity Sutton

Home Choice User Guide

New Areas Available through Home Choice

You can now apply through Home Choice for properties in Southampton.  Just click on the Housing Register button to the left to apply

Frequently Available Retirement Properties

Looking for a quick move to a retirement property?

We may have something available in the following schemes. Click for more details:

Derby

Hull

Subject to availability. Email us at housing.options@

affinitysutton.com

to find out what is available

Why Choose Affinity Sutton?

At the National Residents’ Council (NRC) annual conference held in November 2012, residents were asked whether they would recommend living in an Affinity Sutton home to someone. 94% of residents said they would recommend us!