This site is Guildford Borough Council's way of advertising council and partner housing association properties for rent and shared ownership purchase and council garage rental.
Our website is packed with useful information to help you find you a suitable home. You can use this website to:
To view our leaflet "Guildford Homechoice Explained" online click here
Please note, you are NOT able to register online to apply for our social housing. Please apply using the application forms listed above.
Save £20 per month and in 4 year's time you will have saved £960
Save £25 per month and you will have saved £1200
All social landlords are now expecting a month's rent in advance at the sign up. It currently takes appropriately 4 years (as at March 2016) for applicants in Band C of our register to bid successfully for social housing. So by starting saving now you will be ready to sign up and take your tenancy and move into a home of your own.
There is a credit union covering Surrey so why not consider setting up a savings account with "Boom!"? A credit union is an independent not-for-profit organisation, committed to being responsible lenders. Click on their logo below.
Important information for new tenants - under the age of 35 on 1 April 2018
If you qualify for help towards meeting the cost of your rent through Housing Benefit you need to be aware that the way this benefit is calculated will be changing. If you sign a new tenancy from 1 April 2016 onwards, the amount of Housing Benefit (or the housing element of Universal Credit) that you may receive from 1 April 2018 could be restricted.
The amount of Housing Benefit you will receive will be capped to the relevant Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate for your household size. This means that if you are a single person under the age of 35 and do not have any dependent children living with you, from 1 April 2018 your eligible rent will be limited to a shared accommodation rate, even if you do not share your home with anyone else. To see the rates, a map of LHA areas and more information please click here
How will I know if I am affected? When we offer you a tenancy, we will explain how this change may affect you. If your rent is higher than the LHA amounts you will need to consider how you will afford any shortfall in your rent, if you are in receipt of Housing Benefit on or after 1 April 2018.
Is there anything I can do? If you are working you are more likely to be able to afford any shortfall in benefit. For details of the ETHOS project assisting job seekers, click here
Please be aware that should you bid on a property you will be unsuccessful if the verification process highlights changes in your particular circumstances that exclude you under the amended policy. The full Allocations Scheme is available via a link on our Prioritising applications for rented housing page. Our lettings also follow the guidance in our Guildford Tenancy Strategy, updated in 2013.
If you would like help to use Guildford Homechoice please contact our Housing Advice Centre. Click How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.
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