Harlow Homefinder is the lettings scheme for council and housing association homes in Harlow, giving you more choice about where you want to live.
You can use Harlow Homefinder if you are an existing tenant seeking a transfer or a homeseeker applying for the first time. The scheme covers all the available council and housing association homes, including sheltered housing.
You need to log in with your Harlow Homefinder number before you can see the property adverts and place your bids.
The newly revised Housing Allocations Scheme document is available here Housing Allocations Scheme (Allocations Policy)...
The Water Gardens,
Essex. CM20 1WG
Tel: 01279 446655
The Bidding Cycle
The weekly cycle starts 9.30am every Thursday and bidding closes in the early hours every Tuesday morning. (Bidding closes at 1.00 am every Tuesday)
As long as you have registered with Harlow Homefinder and have an active application you will have three bids to use every week between Thursday morning and the following Monday night / Tuesday morning.
If you require any help with the system or the bidding process, please ask a member of the Contact Harlow team at Harlow's Civic Centre or telephone 01279 446655.
Important Information - Shortlisting Verification
It is important that you are able to provide information to the Housing Options & Advice team should you be shortlisted for a possible offer of accommodation from the Housing Needs Register.
You will only have 24 Hours (excluding weekends & bank holidays) to provide the requested documents or you may be bypassed for an offer.
Please follow this link that will give you guidance on what information you may be asked to provide: Harlow Housing Allocation - shortlisting verification process...
Major changes to the way Council Housing is allocated
Harlow’s social housing shortage, together with changes in Government legislation, have led Harlow Council to review the way in which it decides who can join its Housing Register and how Council housing is allocated.
Following public consultation, Harlow Council has changed its Housing Register to a Housing Needs Register. This is because Council housing will be allocated based on need rather than the length of time applicants have been waiting.
The new Housing Needs Register also uses new conditions to determine who can qualify to join the Register. Greater priority for housing is given
to people with a connection to Harlow.
A copy of the Housing Allocations leaflet can be downloaded at Harlow Housing Allocation...
Planning ahead for Welfare Reform?
Did you know from 1 April 2013 the Welfare Reform Act came into force? As part of the Act the Government is reducing the amount of Housing Benefit a person may receive if they are under-occupying their home. Please follow the link to download a Changes to Benefits Leaflet
Changes of Circumstance
You will need to keep the Housing Options and Advice Team informed of any changes to your application. You can do this by downloading a Change of Circumstances form at the following link Change of Circumstances Form... or by phoning Contact Harlow on 01279 446655.
Did you know that even if you place a bid for accommodation your bid may not be accepted? The reasons are below:
Are you are an existing or former Council or Housing Association Tenant? The Council will not accept a bid for a vacant property in the following circumstances:
- You have not supplied the information requested to support your application. i.e. identification, proof of address, immigration status etc
- Where there is evidence of false information being provided.
- Where a debt is owed as a former or current tenant in the social housing sector.
- If your home is not considered to be in a satisfactory condition by the Landlord. (These standards will be detailed in your signed tenancy agreement)
- There is an outstanding tenancy issue.
The Council reserves the right to withdraw any offer of accommodation where there is just cause.
If you think you may not be able to bid because these exclusions apply to you and you would like further detailed information, please telephone Contact Harlow on 01279 446655 or attend the Civic Centre, The Water Gardens, Harlow Essex, CM20 1WG where a Customer Service Advisor will be happy to assist.