Very often house prices are very high in rural areas - and first-time buyers or people on low or moderate incomes cannot afford to buy their own homes.
We're duty bound to understand the housing needs of our communities - so we know the needs of all our residents, whether they wish to buy their own homes, part rent and part buy (shared ownership), rent privately or through a social landlord (ourselves or a housing association).
To find out this information, we are carrying out a five year programme of housing needs surveys across our rural communities.
The more we know what local people are looking for, the more we can influence the type and size of homes built in the future.
Programme of Rural Housing Needs Survey's 2012-18 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
We will use what you tell us in these surveys to make sure new homes reflect what is needed by existing local residents, are in keeping with the village style and built to a high standard of design.
Follow the link on this page to complete the survey - or find out more about rural housing.
Live in one of our rural communities? Unable to access market housing? Want to be considered for current or future affordable housing in the area?
A number of affordable homes have already been provided in rural settlements of the district. Here are some examples.
David Taylor Close, Heather
Parkfield Crescent, Appleby
Langley Close Diseworth
Paddock Close, Long Whatton
More information on rural housing on exception sites in North West Leicestershire: Rural Housing Gallery Since 2007 (Word Document, 19.87 Mb)
- Rural Housing Needs Survey Programme Updated June 2013 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
There are some people who are not eligible or do not qualify to be included on the housing register. These are
- people who are subject to Immigration Control under the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act
- people from abroad who are not subject to immigration control but who are not habitually resident in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland
- people (including members of their household) whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to be a tenant
- Certain home seekers with the financial means to meet their own housing need
- Home seekers who lack the mental capacity to enter into and sustain a tenancy agreement
- Home seekers from outside the sub-region – other than in exceptional circumstances, home seekers from outside the sub-region who have no local connection to any of the seven partner local authorities within the sub-region, and who are not existing tenants of a social housing provider, will not qualify for social housing.
For more detailed information contact Housing Choices Team
When your housing register application has been checked and activated, we will let you know by email or letter and will send out a Choice-based Lettings Scheme Guide.
This will explain in detail where you can view homes that are advertised and how to bid for any that you are interested in and would be eligible for.
Help will also be available from our Housing Choices Team and our website.
It is important that you tell us of any changes in your circumstances so that we can amend your housing application. We will tell you if this results in your housing priority moving to a different band.
If you change bands your registration date may change. We will make checks before confirming any offer of accommodation and if your circumstances are different to those on your application form, the offer may be withdrawn and your application suspended until you have provided details of your new circumstances.
Once we have received your housing application form we will check that all the information and documents requested have been sent in. If anything is missing we will contact you to let you know.
Provided we have all the information needed, your details will normally be put onto the computer system within 10 days of receiving all your supporting evidence and then assessed in relation to your housing need.
You will be placed in one of four bands (Priority, High, Medium or Low). Priority band represents the highest need to move while the low band is the lowest priority.
Once we have assessed your housing need, we will send you an email or a letter advising you which band you have been placed in, your home seeker registration number, and what type and size of property you are eligible to apply for.
If you disagree with the assessment, the letter will explain how you can ask for a review.
Photographic proof of identity will normally be required in every case e.g. by supplying a copy of your photo driving licence, valid Passport or bus pass etc. If you have no photo ID, a copy of your original Birth Certificate or National Insurance Card will be accepted provided it is accompanied by a passport sized photo that is countersigned on the back by someone who can confirm your identity.
Please do not send your original photo I.D
Yes. Once a year, normally on the anniversary of your housing application, you will be sent a renewal form, which you must complete and return by the due date stated on the letter.
If you do not return the form, we will write and tell you that your housing application will be cancelled.
Last updated: Tue 5 May, 2020 @ 12:33