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Delays for new HomeChoice applications

Published: Thursday 20 May 2021

New applications cannot be activated until all required documents have been submitted and any further checks that are needed have been made. In order to help avoid delays in your application being assessed, please ensure you upload a signed declaration form (found under the Documents tab) to your account. We need this form in order to make further enquiries and checks including tenancy referencing. These checks can take a number of weeks to make, so please upload the declaration form and all other documents required as soon as possible to avoid delays.

 

A checklist of the documents you will need to submit can be found under the Documents tab.


Rent to Buy – 2 bed flat at Flanders Close, Bicester

Published: Thursday 6 May 2021

This Rent to Buy flat is still available and advertised again on this week’s cycle (starting 5th May 2021). Applicants must be employed in order to be considered by the housing provider,  Harrow Churches Housing Association. For more information about this Rentplus scheme please visit: https://hcha.org.uk/rentplus/ 

The scheme allows tenants to take the first step into home ownership. Tenants can initially rent the property with the option to buy after a period of time. Rentplus will gift you 10% deposit of the property’s market value at the time of purchase.


New build properties in Ardley

Published: Friday 26 February 2021

A small development of 1, 2 and 3 bed properties is due to be delivered in the village of Ardley in April/ May 2021. Applicants with a village connection will receive priority for these properties. Please ensure that your HomeChoice application is updated if you have a connection to Ardley. For example, through employment, current residence for the last 5 years, have previously lived in the village for 10 years and/ or have family that have resided in the village for 5 years.

You can update your village connections online by signing into your HomeChoice account and editing section 5 of your application.

Any village connection will be verified.


Christmas letting cycle

Published: Friday 11 December 2020

The letting cycle beginning on Wednesday 23rd December will run for 2 weeks instead of the normal one week cycle and will therefore end on Tuesday 5th January 2021. Letting cycles will return to one week cycles as normal after this date.

 


Extra Care Housing Available

Published: Thursday 10 September 2020

Extra Care Housing schemes throughout Cherwell currently have properties available to rent. Please contact Oxfordshire County Council’s Adult Social Care Team for more information on 03450 507 666, option 1. Vacancies are available at schemes in Banbury, Yarnton and Kidlington. There is a wait for the scheme in Bicester. 

You will usually need to have some form of care need in order to be eligible for Extra Care Housing and your care needs will be assessed by Oxfordshire County Council's Adult Social Care Team. Extra Care schemes are not residential care homes and can be ideal if you have some support needs but want to remain independent. They offer self-contained accommodation within a larger complex where flexible care and support is available on site 24 hours a day.