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The place to find quality affordable properties to rent in Cumbria.
Housing providers who are Partners in the scheme are: Accent Group, Barrow Borough Council, Your Derwent & Solway, Eden Housing, Home Group, Impact Housing, Riverside, Two Castles and South Lakes Housing. 

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For the attention of applicants:

Please be aware that all the Cumbria Choice housing providers require new tenants to pay rent in advance before the tenancy sign up can be completed.

When you register/start bidding for properties, you should ensure that you have the resources available to make that payment when required to do so.

How much rent in advance you will be required to pay is dependant in part on your circumstances.  Therefore, once you have identified a property you should immediately check with the housing provider in order to confirm the amount you will need to pay.

Saving on a regular basis is a good way of building up the money you will need for the rent in advance and it would also be a useful habit to get into as you take on the tenancy and manage your rent payments and household expenses thereafter.

 

Welfare Reform

Please note that as a result of the changes brought about by the Welfare Reform Act 2013 all Registered Providers will give preference to allocating properties to those households who will ‘fully occupy’ the property as defined by the Government regulations.  This means that until the system is fully updated to reflect these changes later in the year, shortlists may be distorted and may not reflect your true position on the shortlist.

Successful applicants will be contacted in the normal way by the organisation making the allocation.

Guidance on full occupation:

From April 2013 all current and future working age tenants renting from a local authority, housing association or other registered social landlord will no longer receive help towards the costs of a spare room. They will receive help towards their housing costs based on the need of their household.

The new rules allow 1 bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household with the following exceptions:

  • children aged under 16 of the same gender are expected to share
  • children aged under 10 are expected to share regardless of gender
  • a disabled tenant or partner who needs a non-resident overnight carer is allowed an extra room

Children who cannot share a bedroom because of a disability or medical condition may be entitled to an extra room. Claimants will need to contact their local authority and will be asked for medical evidence to support their claim.

On 12 March 2013 we clarified how these rules affect foster carers and armed forces personnel.

An additional bedroom will be allowed where the claimant or their partner is caring for a foster child or has been accepted as a foster carer but has no child living with them as long as the period without a child does not exceed 52 weeks.

An additional bedroom will be allowed for adult children who are in the armed forces and continue to live with their parents, even when they are deployed on operations. This means that the size criteria will not apply to the room normally occupied by the member of the armed forces.

The new rules mean that those tenants whose accommodation is larger than they need may lose part of the money they get towards their housing through Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. Their eligible rent will be reduced by:

  • 14% for those with 1 spare bedroom
  • 25% for those with 2 or more spare bedrooms’

-Explanatory Notes from www. legislation.gov

Important information about applying for a property.

  • Your final Banding and eligibility for a property will be checked prior to shortlisting therefore your position on the shortlist may change at close of bidding.

  • Please note there are no Property Adverts on a Wednesday.
  • Some properties are covered by local lettings policies for example you may need to have a local connection to an area or be of a certain age to be able to apply. This information is given in the advert. 

Do you need to downsize to avoid the 'Bedroom Tax'? - Think about a Mutual Exchange

You can use the Cumbria Choice website to look for a mutual exchange. All you need to do is  click on the 'Home Swap Direct' tab at the top of the page.

Want to know more about how a mutual exchanges works - click on: Mutual Exchanges

Further Information

If you would like further information on the Cumbria Choice lettings policy, please click here

If you need to contact any of the partner landlords via email, telephone or in person the contact details are listed under Partner Landlords


Other Housing Options

To access Homeswapper please click here

To access Houseexchange please click here

 

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