Residents urged to re-register for housing

A NEW housing scheme is being rolled out across Scarborough in a move to improve choice for people on the housing registers.

Applicants on Scarborough’s housing register are now being asked to re-register for the new choice based lettings scheme, known as North Yorkshire Homechoice.

The scheme is due to become operational across all North Yorkshire local authorities, apart from Harrogate, from June 2011.

Officers at Scarborough Council describe choice based lettings as a way of allocating affordable housing that is based on the public advertising of available homes.

They say the scheme is designed to improve customer choice, promote opportunities for mobility and raise awareness about different housing options.

Over the next two weeks letters are being sent out to all current applicants on the housing register giving them the option of applying on-line or requesting a paper application form.

Alternatively, applicants can request and collect a form from any of the Yorkshire Coast Homes offices in Scarborough, Whitby or Eastfield; or from the Scarborough Borough Council Housing Options Team at the Customer First Centres in Scarborough and Whitby.

Applicants have an initial 28 days to register with the scheme and people who do not respond will be sent a reminder. Applicants who re-register within the timescale will carry their original date of application across to the new joint housing register.

Scarborough Council is warning applicants who wish to keep their applications ‘live’ to register with North Yorkshire Homechoice within the timescale as applications that are not made within the specified timescale may not keep their original application date, and their applications will only take effect from the date they have completed their new application.

Anyone requiring assistance in re-registration is being directed to Yorkshire Coast Homes and the council’s Customer First teams.