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Helping you find the home of your choice

A new social housing lettings scheme launches today (4 January 2012) across Mansfield and Ashfield, giving applicants more choice and control over where they would like to live.

The new scheme, known as Ashfield and Mansfield Homefinder, will see Ashfield District Council, Mansfield District Council, Ashfield Homes and local housing associations work in partnership to change the way social housing, private rented properties and properties available for shared ownership are made available across both Districts.

Homefinder replaces Ashfield District Council's existing points based lettings scheme and Mansfield District Council's current Moveahead scheme.

Applicants only need to complete one form to be able to apply for housing in both districts.

As part of the scheme all of the available properties across both Districts will be advertised on a weekly basis on the online property shop and in the Councils' housing offices. A weekly property magazine called Letterbox will also be available at a number of community outlets across both Districts.

Each advert includes basic property details, such as the number of bedrooms and the rent. It also includes details of who can bid for the property, for example, a three bedroom house may state that only applicants with a minimum of two children can bid.

Homefinder also advertises other housing options, such as mutual exchanges, garages, shared ownership and private rented properties.

Registered applicants can bid for up to two properties each week online at www.amhomefinder.co.uk or by the 24 hour automated phone line 0300 999 2399. The bidding period is between Wednesday 00:01am and Monday 11.59pm.

Bill Buckley, Interim Head of Health and Housing at Ashfield District Council said: "This is great news for Ashfield and Mansfield tenants and local residents having available our new combined Choice Based Lettings system. Working together in partnership will achieve a more efficient service which is more effective and easier to access and will give a greater choice."

Cllr Mick Colley, Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Special Housing Needs at Mansfield District Council, said: "The new Homefinder scheme promises to be more efficient, more flexible and offer more choice to local people about where they want to live. This is a great example of local registered housing providers working together for the benefit of local people whilst continuing to protect those with the greatest housing need across the Ashfield and Mansfield Districts."

Published 4 January 2012

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