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Dorset Housing List Applicants Told To Reapply


8:00am 28th September 2014
(Updated 7:26am 29th September 2014)

If you're on the housing list in Dorset - you're being urged to reapply.

Local Council's have reviewed their policies into how social housing is allocated.

They're currently writing to everyone on the housing register asking them to re-register before the 11th of November deadline.

Residents who do not re-register by 5pm on 11 November 2014 will no longer be on the housing register.

The changes that affect all the councils which form the partnership are:

- A requirement for a local connection to the authority area being applied to in order to be able to remain on or join the register

- Applicants that are deemed to have the financial means to address their housing situation will be unable to remain on or join the register

- Applicants who are adequately housed will no longer be able to remain on or join the register

In addition to these changes, each of the partners has made their own specific changes to local connection rules, banding reasons and bedroom size calculations.

Residents who no longer qualify for a place on the register will still be able to access help and support including assistance with referrals to other housing options or support to keep people in their homes.    

Full details of key changes to the new allocation policies can be found at www.dorsethomechoice.org

Residents will need to complete the registration form online at www.dorsethomechoice.org from 29 September.  Residents who do not have internet access at home will be able to access the website from public computers at local libraries and council offices. If they are an existing tenant of a social landlord, they may be able to access computer facilities at their social landlord's offices.

Residents who have queries, or who need assistance with the online reapplication process, can also contact their local council:

Purbeck District Council - 01929 556561
West Dorset District Council - 01305 838300
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council - 01305 838300

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