Are you looking to rent a property from a housing association?
In partnership with local Housing Associations, Torfaen Council has created a Common Housing Register called Homeseeker.
What is Homeseeker?
Homeseeker is a register for the allocation of social housing properties in Torfaen. It is a partnership between:
Torfaen County Borough Council
Bron Afon Community Housing
Hafod Housing Association
Homeseeker is run as a Choice Based Lettings scheme. This means that applicants have the opportunity to see which properties are available to rent and can choose whether or not to express an interest in one (for which they are eligible). The process of expressing an interest is called bidding.
NOTE: Torfaen Council no longer owns any council houses. All social housing properties previously owned by Torfaen Council were transferred to Bron Afon Community Housing.
How does Homeseeker work?
Anyone wishing to join the register must complete an online application form, which can be accessed at torfaenhomeseeker.org.uk
(If you do not have internet access, you can receive help by phoning 01495 742409, or visiting a Customer Care Centre and using a designated laptop, free of charge)
When someone applies to join Homeseeker, their application is assessed and prioritised based on their level of housing need. Homeseeker uses different 'Bands' to measure the different levels of need, so the greater their need, the higher their band. Once an application has been registered and banded, the applicant can then start to Bid. An applicant can bid on up to 4 properties in each weekly advert.
There are a number of ways to bid:
Already registered with Homeseeker?
To ensure the Homeseeker register is accurate and up to date, a re-registration process is carried out monthly. Homeseeker contact every applicant on the anniversary of the date of their registration, to ask whether they wish to remain on the register and to update their application with any changes of circumstance. Contact will be made via email (if an email address has been provided) or via letter.
Once you receive this letter or email – DO NOT IGNORE IT.
Failure to re-register with us within 28 days will result in the removal of your application from the Homeseeker Register. If this happens, you will lose your waiting time and you will have to register a new application. No reminder correspondence will be sent.
For further information about re-registration contact the Homeseeker team directly.
There is a severe shortage of affordable homes in Torfaen. Most applicants on the Homeseeker register will have to wait a very long time for housing, particularly if they are in one of the lower priority bands. So you may wish to consider some other housing options.
The Housing Options Wizard can provide you with information about any additional housing options for which you may be eligible. This is a personalised service that gives options based on your own circumstances. Some of these additional options may include:
- Private Renting
- Help2Own Plus
- House Swap Wales - a Facebook driven scheme to help tenants across Wales find other tenants with whom they can swap properties.
If you are a landlord who would like to have their property rented and managed by a Housing Association, then Seren Living may be able to help.