Homes for Bolton is now the place to access housing related services in Bolton. The new name is to make it easier for anyone wanting to rent in Bolton or for those who already rent, are a landlord or have their own property but who need housing advice or to access homeless services.
So Homes for Bolton will be the name to remember if you want to find a new home to rent from the Council or housing partners which includes Bolton at Home as well as other Housing Associations and Social Landlords. Whilst the name has changed the services remain the same - new properties will still be advertised weekly on the Find a Home pages on this website.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - HOUSEHOLD CRITERIA
To help deal with the impact of Welfare Reform Homes for Bolton partner landlords may restrict certain type and size of properties by household make-up.
The Housing Benefit criteria allow one bedroom for:
- every adult couple (married or unmarried)
- any other adult aged 16 or over
- any two children of the same sex aged under 16
- any two children aged under 10
- any other child, (other than a foster child or child whose main home is elsewhere)
- a carer (or team of carers) who do not live with you but provide you or your partner with overnight care
Homes for Bolton partner landlords will usually provide a preference for households who meet the size criteria and who will not under-occupy the property. Those likely to under-occupy will be assessed on the basis of overall demand for the property, any transition in household composition, affordability and any other particular needs.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, those not meeting the property criteria may not be assisted.
If you require further information regarding the size criteria of properties please contact the individual partner landlord direct.
For further information regarding changes to housing benefit please visit www.bolton.gov.uk.
THINGS ARE CHANGING
Available properties are no longer advertised in the Bolton News.
Full property adverts will still be available at the Housing Options Centre, Town Hall one-stop-shop, all housing offices as well as other outlets across the borough.
Any customers requiring support in accessing the advert can contact Homes for Bolton direct for further advice.
Smaller information adverts will continue over coming months.
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PINPOINT - WHERE YOU WANT TO LIVE
The Pinpoint service offers greater choice to customers looking for a move and is a third expression of interest alongside bids placed with Homes for Bolton. Properties across Greater Manchester from Bury to Bolton, Trafford to Tameside and all points north, south, east and west are available exclusively on Pinpoint.
To find out more about the service and to look for available homes please visit www.pinpoint.org.uk
From the 27th September 2009 customers with a known debt to any of these landlords - Bolton at Home, Contour Housing, Great Places (Ashiana & Manchester Methodist H.A.) Irwell Valley H.A., Places for People, St Vincent's H.A. & Affinity Sutton H.A. - may be excluded from the housing register. These are housing applicants with a current or former tenant debt of £400 or more, including rent, housing benefit overpayment and /or rechargeable repairs.
Customers with a debt of below £400 are not excluded however they must establish an agreement to pay and maintain regular payments for a minimum of 12 weeks,
to clear the debt in order to secure an offer of accommodation. Existing customers who fall into the above
will be notified in advance. New customers from this date will be referred to the landlord to whom they owe money.
Important changes to Housing Advice times of operation
Due to the growing demand on the Housing Advice Service we are reviewing the way in which we offer our service to customers.
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2 Silverwell Lane
Telephone and email contacts for Homes for Bolton services can be found on the individual service pages by clicking on the links on the left hand side of the page.