Rent a home

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Apply to live in a Halton Housing home

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To apply to live in one of our affordable rent homes, you will need to register for Property Pool Plus. Once your account has been activated, you can bid for up to three properties in each weekly bidding cycle. You will need to submit proof of identification and provide all of the requested information during the registration process.

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Property Pool Plus changes taking place in July 2021

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From Monday 5th July, changes are taking place to the Property Pool Plus bidding cycle and how you access your online account. 

Registered users need to be aware, so they don’t miss out on the opportunity to bid on a home. 
 

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Bidding on a home

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You can bid for up to three properties in each weekly bidding cycle. When you place a bid, the system will show how many other higher priority bids are above you. You can change your bids at any point while the weekly bidding cycle is open.

A list of qualifying applicants that have placed bids will be produced when the cycle closes. The list will prioritise applicants in order of their band, and application or priority date. 

Every 12 months we will write to you to check your housing situation and confirm that you wish to stay on the housing register. If we don’t hear from you within four weeks of sending you the letter, we will assume that you no longer wish to remain on the register and your application will be cancelled.

You will be able to bid for a maximum of 3 properties during the time they are advertised. Bids will not be accepted after midnight on a Sunday. Auto bids are applied after midnight on a Sunday, this may change your shortlist position therefore it id advisable to check your final shortlist position each Monday once the cycle has ended.

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Tenancy Types

We have three different types of tenancies available, but only one will apply to you.

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Normal Assured Tenancy

This type of tenancy applies to people who were housed by Halton Housing from another social landlord after 5th December 2005, and already had this type of tenancy. It does not have the Preserved Right to Buy attached to it.

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An Assured Tenancy with the Preserved Right to Buy

This type of tenancy applies to all those people who had secure tenancies with Halton Borough Council and transferred to Halton Housing on 5th December 2005.

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A Starter Tenancy

This will apply to all new customers of Halton Housing who have never had a tenancy before. It effectively means that you will have a ‘probationary’ tenancy for your first 12 months with Halton Housing. If there are no problems during this time, your tenancy will automatically convert to a normal assured tenancy as described above.

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Tenancy Guide

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You can find out more about each tenancy type, tenancy agreements and your rights as a tenant by reading our Tenancy Guide

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Mutual Exchange

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A mutual exchange is when two housing association tenants decide to swap homes. Both parties involved must request permission from their landlord first.

With prior written permission from your landlord a mutual exchange enables you to swap your home with another customer. When you exchange, you take on the tenancy of the other person and they take on your tenancy.

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Need help applying?

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If you are a Halton resident and have a Property Pool Plus enquiry, please contact a member of our team by phone or email.

Tel: 0151 510 5222

Email: housingoptionsteam@haltonhousing.co.uk

If you already have a Halton Property Pool Plus account, you can utilise the client messaging service to send any enquiry.

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Useful links

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Whether it's guidance on eligibility for settlement in the UK, or housing and homelessness, check out these useful links below.