To rent a home you may need to:
- Be aged over 18. If you are aged 16 or 17 contact your local authority
- Have a housing need
- Have a right to rent in the UK
- Complete an affordability assessment
- Meet our room requirements
Each area has a set of rules for how housing is allocated. Check with your choice-based lettings provider for details.
How to apply for a home
Applications for homes are managed by:
Hampshire Home Choice
Register or login to their website to search and bid for a home.
Step-by-step guide to applying for a home
Have your housing needs assessed
A housing assessment tells you:
- If you can apply for housing
- What your housing priority is
- What size property you could get
Changes to your circumstance can affect what housing you qualify for, so keep your information up to date.
Your choice-based lettings scheme will tell you how to have your housing need assessed.
Register with your choice-based lettings scheme
Your choice-based lettings scheme will tell you what information and documents you need to register.
Keep your details up to date so you don't miss out on a housing opportunity.
Search and bid for a home
Visit your choice-based lettings provider to search and bid for a home.
Wait for an update about your bid
We will update you either directly or via your choice-based lettings website.
Complete the paperwork
If you’re successful, there may be further documents we’ll ask you for. We’ll let you know when we get in touch.
You may need to complete an affordability assessment to check the home is right for your financial situation.
Receive your formal offer
You will receive a letter with your formal offer.
View your home
As soon as the home is ready, we’ll invite you to a viewing.
You also need to make sure we have all the documents we’ve requested.
Get ready to move in
We will keep in touch with you until your home is up to our standards and ready to move in.
We will take you through your tenancy agreement and normally ask you for your first rent payment.
Frequently asked questions
Can I rent a home directly from you?
In this area we don't rent our homes directly, instead we use a choice-based lettings scheme.
What is a choice-based lettings scheme?
Choice-based lettings schemes use a bidding process, which lets you express your interest in a home.
The number of times you can bid is sometimes limited, so check with your choice-based lettings provider.
Bidding for a home doesn't guarantee that you will get it. In many locations bids are a ranked as priority from highest to lowest based on housing need.
I’m not happy with the decision you’ve made about my housing application. How can I appeal?
If you feel your application has not been dealt with in accordance with our policy, or that any representative of Home Group has treated you unfairly or unreasonably you may appeal. You can appeal in writing within 10 working days. Our address is One Strawberry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BX.