Scottish Borders Housing Association – created by tenants for tenants

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Welcome to

SBHA HomeChoice

SBHA HomeChoice is a “Choice Based Lettings” scheme which offers people who want to rent a property more choice over the type of home and area they live in.

HOMES TO RENT

Properties available for rent are advertised on a weekly basis online, in the Southern Reporter, Hawick Paper and in our SBHA offices.

Once you have registered you can bid for up to 5 properties per week.

Property adverts are available from 12 noon every Monday.

You can bid for properties at any time of day up to the advertised closing time, either on the Homechoice website or by calling 0845 873 6464 to use the automated bidding service. Bids received by both these routes are instantly recorded.

More properties are also advertised on Rightmove.

You can like us on Facebook to receive updates on new and featured properties.

Please note, viewing of advertised properties is not permitted without prior arrangement with SBHA
Immediate Lets can be found on our Facebook page

REGISTER NOW

To register CLICK HERE, contact us to request a form be sent to you or call us on 01750 724444

 

SBC survey on the housing needs of wheelchair users

Scottish Borders Council have commissioned a study on the housing needs of wheelchair users in the Scottish Borders, which includes a survey to enable SBC to gain a better understanding of these. The results of this survey will help inform future housing development and help to improve the lives of people who require wheelchair accessible homes across the Scottish Borders.

The survey is now live on Citizenspace and can be found here: https://scotborders.citizenspace.com/…/housing-for-people-…/

SBC needs as many wheelchair users to respond to this survey as possible, so please follow the link above to share your views and experiences. The closing date for the survey is 19th July.

 

Our commitment to your privacy

SBHA is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

SBHA stores and processes a significant amount of your personal data in order to manage your tenancy (or other relationship) with us. Our overarching aim is to manage your personal data in line with all relevant legislation and best practice, as well as being open with you about what information we hold and why we hold it.

Our full Privacy Policy, which sets out SBHA’s duties in managing and processing your data, is available here.

In order to be open and transparent about how we use your data, we have prepared a privacy notice for Tenants, and Applicants, which explain why and how we use your data, who we might pass your data to and why, how long we will hold your data for, and your rights in relation to your data. Click on the links below to view the privacy notice relevant to you:

Tenants & Applicants (inc former Tenants)

 

What’s going on at your local area office?

 

OUR GALASHIELS AND HAWICK OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC MONDAY – THURSDAY

On Fridays 9am – to 3.45pm, we offer a Financial Inclusion Surgery, delivered by our Welfare Benefits and Money Advice Officers, Debbie Mzee and Barry Wood. Here you can get:

  • rent payment advice
  • welfare benefits advice and assistance
  • budgeting and money management advice

This is a drop-in surgery – no appointment needed.

 

HEALTH ASSESSMENT FORMS

If you or a member of your household’s health is affected by your present housing situation, you can complete a Health Assessment form to submit with your housing application. You can download the form here or contact any SBHA Office and request a form be sent to you.

MUTUAL EXCHANGE

Want to move home? Mutual exchange might be the answer Mutual exchange is where a tenant effectively ‘swaps’ homes by finding another tenant who wants to exchange properties.

Swapping with another tenant

The tenant you swap with can be from another housing association or local authority home anywhere in the UK. But both landlords need to give their permission for the move to go ahead. You can try to arrange a mutual exchange through a variety of ways including word of mouth, advertising in newspapers or postcards in shop windows. Mutual Exchange is especially useful for tenants who: – Are interested in moving to a new area – Want to find a more suitable home – Need a smaller or larger home – Want to avoid a lengthy wait for a transfer – Would like to be able to inspect the other property thoroughly. All tenants have a legal right to ask for a mutual exchange and we will not unreasonably refuse permission. However, there are some reasons why you may not be able to exchange.

HomeSwapper

To make it easier for you we have joined HomeSwapper, the UK’s biggest online mutual exchange scheme. HomeSwapper can be used to help you find an exchange in the Borders or anywhere else in the UK and is now free for all SBHA tenants to use.

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