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The Council maintains a waiting list of people who would like to
live in a housing association home in the Borough. This is
known as the housing register. The Council also maintains a
waiting list of people who already live in a housing
association home who would like to transfer to a different
housing association property. This is known as the
transfer list. For more information on the housing register,
please visit the housing register
The Council has made changes to its Allocations
Policy and the new policy will be brought into force on 6
December 2013 . The main changes to the policy are summarised
in a factsheet on the ‘leaflets and
The Council also sets out factors which registered providers of
social housing in Broxbourne should consider when formulating their
tenancy policies. This is known as a Tenancy Strategy. The
Cabinet approved a Tenancy Strategy for
Broxbourne in September 2012.
Who does the Council nominate for housing?
Applicants on the Housing Waiting and Transfer Lists are able to
bid through the Choice Based Lettings
scheme on properties that are available and for which they would be
eligible. Each applicant is able to bid for a property with
the number of bedrooms that they require as set out in
the Allocations Policy.
In the first instance, the Council will try to help accepted
homeless families to find private rented accommodation and will
lend them the money for the deposit. However, it may sometimes be
necessary to place families in hostel or another kind of temporary
accommodation, and bed and breakfast accommodation may be used on
occasion. For further information please refer to the 'homelessness' page.
Tenants of housing associations who wish to move to a smaller
property can be moved via CBL, but given a higher priority.
This question is frequently asked and unfortunately it is
difficult to answer with any degree of accuracy.
Applicants are reminded that they might move down the list
rather than up, if another applicant is entitled to more
The Council can only nominate you when you bid successfully for
a property advertised via CBL. With new housing in short
supply, this largely depends upon existing tenants of housing
associations moving out and therefore there is no precise way of
estimating waiting times. You can compare your points with the
feedback produced every fortnight in the freesheet or via the
The Council must be informed if an applicant's circumstances
change in any way as this could affect their position on the
The Council advertises properties spread right across the
Borough from Hoddesdon in the north to Waltham Cross in the south
through the Choice Based Lettings scheme.
The sizes and types of properties in each area vary, and we may
not have the type of property you need in the area you
prefer. All properties are advertised through the
HomeOption (CBL) service.
The Council works with housing associations, private developers
and the Homes and Communities Agency (the government body
with funding for new housing association homes) to build new
housing association homes. These new homes are often referred
to as affordable housing.
Affordable housing is required on many new housing developments
in order to meet the need for cheaper housing in the Borough.
Some of these new homes will be rented out by the housing
associations to people on the Council's housing register and
transfer list. Other new homes will be 'shared ownership'
homes, which means that the person living in them buys part of the
home from the housing association and pays rent on the part of the
home that the housing association still owns. This allows
people who cannot afford local property prices to get onto the
property ladder by buying a 50 per cent share in a property
and then buying more if they can afford it later.
Please follow the link to the 'Affordable
housing development' page to find further information about the
Council's preferred housing association development partners.
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