How to apply for a home to rent with RSMHA
Rosemary Simmons works with local authorities and other charitable housing trusts to provide homes for those who need them. This page outlines the routes to applying for a rented home with Rosemary Simmons.
If you are interested in buying a home on a Shared-Ownership or Leasehold basis, please visit our Homes for Sale page.
On this page:
- Choice-Based Lettings (CBL)
- RSMHA Waiting Lists
Choice-Based Lettings (CBL)
What is Choice Based Lettings?
CBL has replaced the traditional way of allocating social housing vacancies, where the council or housing association tended to simply offer the next vacancy to the highest placed applicant on their waiting list.
Instead, all applicants registering with a CBL scheme are placed in to one of five or six bands (eg A – F) according to their current housing circumstances. All vacancies are advertised (eg on the CBL website and in free sheets available at council offices) on a weekly or fortnightly cycle and applicants may then 'bid' (i.e. register a specific interest – not a monetary bid) for any suitable vacancy. Many popular vacancies will often attract dozens of bids, whilst others may only receive a few. Some applicants may therefore choose to bid on less popular properties because their prospects of being offered these are greater. What ever the number of bids for any vacancy, it will be offered to the bidder in the highest band. Where there are several bidders in the same band, the vacancy will usually be let to the one who registered their CBL application first.
What are the benefits to applicants of CBL?
Whilst CBL hasn’t created any more vacancies – demand for social housing still greatly outstrips supply - it has meant that applicants are now better informed about what and where vacancies exist and are able to make their own decisons about which ones to bid / apply for. Another benefit is that applicants only need to complete one CBL application, rather than to apply to lots of separate housing providers in the same town.
The majority of all our vacancies are now let through the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) scheme operated in the town/area concerned by the local council.
Anyone interested in obtaining a home with RSMHA should therefore register an application with the relevant CBL scheme(s). We currently work with the following schemes and Local Authorities:
Elmbridge CBL = SEARCH Moves (contact Elmbridge Borough Council: 01372 474474)
Guildford CBL = Homechoice (contact Guildford Borough Council: 01483 444244)
Woking CBL = Hometrak (contact Woking Borough Council: 01483 755855)
Runnymede CBL = SEARCH Moves (contact Runnymede Borough Council: 01932 838383)
Adur & Worthing CBL = Sussex Homemove (contact Adur & Worthing District Councils: 01273 263 316)
Hove CBL = Sussex Homemove (contact Brighton & Hove City Council: 01273 293 230)
RSMHA Waiting Lists
As well as through the CBL scheme with local councils, we also hold our own waiting lists for a few of our schemes. Our waiting lists are mainly reserved for those who are over 55 years who required sheltered, retirement or modified accommodation for disabilities.
We currently hold waiting lists for the following schemes, please click on the name to get more information on the property:
Alstonfield, Esher, Surrey
Avonmore, Weybridge, Surrey
Clockhouse Court, Guildford, Surrey
The Fairings, Hersham, Surrey
Imber Cross, Thames Ditton, Surrey
Leighdale, Weybridge, Surrey
Mole Abbey, West Molesey, Surrey
Threeways, Esher, Surrey
Walsingham Lodge, Barnes, South-west London
Williamson Cottages, Hove, East Sussex