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Have your say about our Housing Allocations Policy


Monday 17th February 2020 – Monday 11th May 2020 (23:59)


BCP Council has drafted a new person-centred social housing allocation policy, which seeks to ensure its valuable housing resources go to the Council’s most vulnerable residents.

In October 2019 there were over 6,000 households waiting for an offer of social housing but only 834 properties became available for letting during the whole of the 2018/2019 financial year.

This policy sets out the criteria used when assessing applications for social housing and how these properties are nominated. All nominations to vacant social housing properties owned and managed by BCP Council, Poole Housing Partnership and local housing associations will be made in accordance with the policy.

If you’re a tenant, resident or landlord living in the BCP area, or you live outside of the area and want to move in to social housing, you could be affected by these proposals and we would love to hear what you think.

You can provide your views on the proposals by completing the consultation survey

If you have any questions about the consultation or need the documents in a different format, please email


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Welcome to Dorset Home Choice

Dorset Home Choice gives you more choice about where you want to live.

To see what properties are available for bidding please log in to your account.

On 1 April 2019 2 new Councils for Dorset were formed under Local Government Reorganisation (LGR). The new ‘Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’ (BCP) replaces the previously separate Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils and the new ‘Dorset Council’ replaces East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland Councils.

Government have agreed a period of 2 years to implement new Housing Allocation Policies for the 2 new Councils. This means there is no change at this time to how applicants apply for social housing or the criteria that need to be met to decide a local connection. Applications for social housing will therefore be considered under the separate Council geographical boundaries that were present before 1 April 2019.

New applicants can register with the scheme, by completing one common application form. Once registered applicants will be able to bid for properties, across all areas within the partnership where they are eligible.

Applicants will need to choose one authority as their managing local authority (if they wish to apply to more than one of the partners), this is usually the authority they either live in or wish to live in.

If this is your first visit to this website and you are not already on the Dorset Home Choice housing register you will need to register before you can bid for properties.

You may also want to look at the Scheme Guide to familiarise yourself with the bidding process and the details of the Housing Allocation policies that are in place.

If you currently live in a home provided by a social landlord and are looking for a new home then mutual exchange using Exchange Locata might be for you.

If you are an existing social housing tenant we have provided further information on fixed term tenancies and affordable rents.

You should be able to find all the information you need on this website, but if you have any questions about Home Choice please contact your relevant local authority.



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