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Password - Log in procedure change as of 21.04.22

Published: Thursday 21 April 2022

Please note there is a change to the log in process following an upgrade on the Home Choice Website.

Password Change.

The Home Choice website has been upgraded to include a tighter security feature when you log onto your Home Choice account.

You will now need 3 pieces of information when you log into your Home Choice Account. 

  • Your log in reference number
  • your memorable date  
  • and now an additional password.

If you are already registered on Home Choice you will be prompted to create a password when you first log in.  This will need to be a minimum or 6 but no more than 10 Characters.

The password will need to include at least 2 lower and 2 upper case letters and at least 2 numbers –  the system will lead you through this process. 

Please remember the password as you will be asked to input this at each future log in.

If you are new to Home Choice you will be asked to create a password when you register in the same way as described above.

There is a facility to recover forgotten passwords. You will need to follow the on screen prompts to do this.  You will asked for additional security questions and the reset password will be sent via email.


Update on 1 bedroom flat in Westcott currently being advertised

Published: Monday 14 March 2022

Ref: 32592. 1 bedroom ground floor flat at The Burrell, Westcott. RH4 3PQ

This property is currently being advertised on bidding cycle running from 11th - 16th March 2022.

Please note that the advert has been amended -  we will give preference to applicants who have a rural connection to Westcott in the first instance. We will also consider applicants with a  proven ground floor need.

Thank you.

Rural Preference Criteria

Published: Wednesday 3 November 2021

From time to time the Council will work with housing associations to provide new affordable housing in rural areas. Some of these sites will be 'rural exception' sites, which are sites where planning permission has been granted, as an exception to planning policy, because there is an identified level of housing need. The planning conditions on these sites will require that the properties are allocated to housing applicants in the highest need, who have a local connection to the local parish.

If you have stated to us that you have a local connection with a rural area then it is your responsibility to provide us of evidence of this connection. The local connection criteria for rural areas, and examples of evidence that you could provide, are shown below;

  • currently live in the settlement and have done so for the last 5 years (council tax records; tenancy agreement; evidence from utility provider or bank)
  • have been employed in the settlement or village for more than 16 hours per week for the last 5 years (contract of employment/letter of confirmation from employer)
  • were born and brought up in the settlement or village for eighteen years, but now live elsewhere (full birth certificate and proof of former residency)
  • have close family, defined as parents, siblings and/or adult children who have lived in the settlement or village as their main place of residence for the last consecutive 10 years (full birth certificate or other evidence of relationship connection in addition to evidence of the relations residence)
  • other special circumstances which you feel should be considered for a local connection to the area - evidence will need to be provided or why this should be considered.

If you fail to provide written evidence of a local connection you may be overlooked for any rural vacancies that occur.

Change in rental cost - Property Ref 31394

Published: Tuesday 6 July 2021

Ref: One bedroom, first floor flat at Atkinson House, Betchworth. RH3 7LJ - being advertised on this weeks bidding cycle running from 2nd - 7th July 2021.

We have been advised that the total rental cost (including service and other charges) for the 1 bedroom flat at Atkinson House has increased to £700.74 per month.  We apologise for any confusion caused.

If you refuse a property your band priority may be reduced

Published: Friday 18 June 2021

We have recently seen an increase in the number of properties being refused by households after they have been nominated to them.  Please remember that refusals of properties that we consider to be suitable for your needs may result in your application being reviewed and your banding being reduced, or you even being removed from the housing register entirely.  For more information on this please see S9.3 of the Housing Allocation Policy.