Applying for housing with us couldn’t be easier!

Here are some frequently asked questions to help guide you through our application process.

 

  1. Who can apply?

  2. What happens after I submit my application?

  3. Is there a limit to the number of areas/properties that I can apply for?

  4. I am homeless, will I get priority?

  5. What can i do if I am excluded from the register?

  6. How long will I have to wait for a property?

  7. Do I have to ask  to keep a pet?

  8. What happens if my circumstances change?

  9. Do I have to take the first property I am offered?

  10. Will I get the opportunity to view any properties I am applying for?

  11. I am already a Johnnie Johnson tenant but I need to move home. Do I need to apply differently?

  12. Is there anything else I can do?

  13. What is a Lease?

 

Who can apply?

Anyone over the age of 16 can apply.

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 18 will, however, be required to provide a guarantor and we strongly recommend that they seek advice from social services and/or the local authority homeless services.
Applicants looking for our Independent Living properties must normally be 55 years of age. In the case of couples, one partner should have reached 55. In certain circumstances, however, we can consider applicants under the age of 55, e.g. someone who is registered disabled and is in receipt of a relevant disability benefit. Some of our schemes have specific restrictions on who can apply. You will be advised of any restrictions on application. 
At Johnnie Johnson Housing we have a clear Equality and Diversity policy. We welcome applications from anyone regardless of age, gender, religious beliefs, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical characteristics or disability.

 

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What happens after I submit my application?

You will receive an acknowledgement letter and details about your chosen properties, together with an application for housing form for completion and return within 7 days.

We will have to carry out necessary checks based on the information you have provided in the Application for Housing form. These checks usually relate to previous addresses or any convictions you have referred to.
The purpose of this is to protect existing communities and to ensure that you are able to keep to the conditions of your tenancy. We may check with previous landlords or other agencies, where appropriate. We reserve the right not to re-house people who have breached previous tenancy agreements, deliberately give us false information, or who would otherwise jeopardise the stability of the existing community. As a charitable Housing Association our objectives are to provide  
housing for those most in need while at the same time achieving balanced communities in our schemes.  Many factors are taken into account when we allocate our properties including the financial position of applicants and the ability this gives to find suitable alternative accommodation in the private sector.


Once we receive and verify the details on your application form, we will let you know whether we can consider you for housing with us

 

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Is there a limit to the number of areas/properties that I can apply for?

There is no limit to the number of schemes you can apply  for. However, some schemes are governed by a local lettings  policy, which will normally require that the applicant has a  local connection to the area.

 

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I am homeless, will I get priority?

Yes. Applicants accepted as homeless will be placed in our priority housing need group.

The question of who is regarded as homeless is complex but, generally speaking, we regard someone as  homeless if accepted as statutorily  homeless by the local authority.

 

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What can i do if I am excluded from the register?

If a decision has been made to exclude you, we will write to you giving the reasons why.

 

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How long will I have to wait for a property?

Some of our properties may have immediate vacancies and no waiting list, while others will have infrequent vacancies and a full waiting list. It is difficult to guarantee a time scale in which you will be offered a property, as this depends on several factors, such as how many properties become available, how many priority applicants are waiting and your own particular circumstances. We will, however, do our best to help and give you realistic advice about your prospects.

 

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Do I have to ask  to keep a pet?

We understand the value of pets in providing security and comfort, but we must also balance this with the comfort of our other residents. If you wish to keep a pet you must obtain permission in writing.
 

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What happens if my circumstances change?

You should inform us of any changes to your circumstances, as this may affect your housing need. You will also need to complete a new application. If you have changed address or wish to be removed from the housing register, you should also let us know.

 

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Do I have to take the first property I am offered?

No, you can refuse a property offered to you. We will do our best to help you find a home that you are completely happy with, but we do reserve the right to remove applicants from the housing register where they have refused three reasonable offers of accommodation.
 

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Will I get the opportunity to view any properties I am applying for?

If you are applying for General Let housing, we will interview you, either at home or at the property. In the case of Independent Living properties, you will usually be able  to meet one of our Independent Living  Co-Ordinators, have a look around and ask any questions you may have even before you apply!

 

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I am already a Johnnie Johnson tenant but I need to move home. Do I need to apply differently?

Internal transfers will only receive priority if they meet the criteria of the urgent  needs categories as outlined in the allocations policy.
You can apply for a transfer in the normal way (see ‘How do I apply?’), and we will record your application as an internal transfer.

 

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Is there anything else I can do?

You should also register with the local authority so that you can ‘bid’ for Johnnie Johnson properties via their Choice Based Lettings system.

 

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What is a Lease?

A Lease is an extremely important legal contract relating to the occupation and ownership of your home and sets out the legal relationship between you, the leaseholder and us, the landlord. When you sign the lease or take over an existing Lease you are agreeing to certain responsibilities and so are we. The Lease grants you a number of rights but also serious obligations which you need to understand when you buy your new home.

It is essential that you seek legal advice prior to signing the lease and make sure that your solicitor goes through each clause of the Lease with you. Ask your solicitor to provide you with a copy of your Lease when you purchase your property.
 

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