Find a home in Trafford
Trafford HomeSearch - choice based lettings service
We have developed a new and improved choice based lettings service, called Trafford HomeSearch. The new scheme will be launched in February 2014. Trafford HomeSearch is a new way of letting properties. The scheme will give you more choice when you are looking for your new home in Trafford. You will be able to register, bid for a property, and make changes to your application.
Brought to you by HOST, Trafford HomeSearch aims to give new and current tenants greater choice.
If you need assistance in registering or re–registering please call us on 0161 909 6514.
All bidding cycles will run between Wednesday 10:00am and the following Sunday at midnight.
What are the benefits of Trafford HomeSearch?
- Property searching is easy. You can search using the map or search by property type.
- You can bid for properties; on line, by texting, by telephone, by visiting our offices.
- You can text us to bid for a property or to cancel your bid.
- We can text you to let you know if a landlord has withdrawn a property that you have bid on, so you can change your bid to a different property.
- If you are already a social housing tenant and you want to move home, you can swap properties, using the ‘mutual exchange’ option.
- Upgraded security. You will be able to select your own passwords.
- New applicants can register on line. You don’t need to complete and post a paper form. This speeds up the time it takes to register and start bidding for properties.
- You can fully update your application on line such as; change of address, adding a new baby or other household members.
- You can complete a medical form on line. It will be reviewed on line by our panel of experts and you can see the decision on-line. Again, you don’t need to complete and post a form. This will speed up the time it takes to get a decision on your medical application.
- The system will inform you straight away if you need to provide evidence of your change of circumstances; such as a birth certificate for a new baby.
- The system will match people to suitable properties, for example if you need an accessible or adapted property for medical reasons.
- You can provisionally accept properties on-line – without having to make a phone call to the landlord.
- You can view and print off all letters relating to your application.
- You can monitor your bids to see your position on the list and the position on the list of the winning bidder.
Registering for housing and finding a home
Whether you are already a resident of Trafford, the Greater Manchester area, or from further afield, HOST have a range of services to help you find your new home.
We work closely with Housing Associations, also known as registered social landlords or privately registered providers of social housing. They offer properties for affordable rent or ownership. Housing Associations do not make a profit. Any money they do make is put back into improving homes or building new ones. Trafford Council transferred its social housing (also known as Council houses) to Trafford Housing Trust (a Housing Association) in 2005.
How are properties allocated?
HOST are responsible for ensuring the fair and transparent allocation of social housing (based on greatest need of applicants) on behalf of Trafford Council. This is achieved by:
- Trafford’s Housing Register, contains details of all people who are in need of housing. This register is managed by HOST.
- The Council has ‘nomination rights’ for Housing Association properties in Trafford. This means many Housing Association properties must be offered; to people on Trafford’s Housing Register and based on the Council’s Allocations Policy (the greatest needs of applicants).
- The Council’s Allocations Policy sets out how its ‘nominated’ properties will be allocated fairly and transparently to people on the housing register. Applicants on the housing register are placed in a category group based on their housing need.
- All of the Council’s ‘nominated’ properties are advertised on the Choice Based Lettings (CBL) service, managed by HOST. If you are on Trafford’s Housing Register you can bid for these properties. The CBL system will ‘nominate’ applicants (bidders) to the Housing Association, based on the greatest need.
- Housing Associations don’t have to nominate all of their properties to the council, although some choose to do this. Many Housing Associations also have their own housing register and their own policies for allocation of housing. To improve your chances of finding a property, you should contact Housing Associations and apply to go on their Housing Register.
- HOST monitor the allocation of properties by Housing Associations. This ensures that they allocate their agreed number of ‘nominated properties’ to people who are in greatest need and on Trafford’s Housing Register.
- Housing Associations and other registered social landlords advertise properties on our Choice Based Lettings service (CBL). There are a wide range of properties including; new and re-let accommodation, flats, bungalows and houses. Most Housing Associations provide a range of accommodation to suit individual needs such as; families, single people, couples, older, or disabled.
- A selection of these properties are also advertised in our HOST office (see address below) and where possible, at Housing Association offices and Community Centres across Trafford.
How much will it cost?
This depends on the type of property (house or flat), the number of bedrooms, and whether it is furnished or unfurnished. The Trafford Home Search - How much will it cost? leaflet will give you more information.
How do I apply for a property?
First, you must register on Trafford Home Search.
If you currently live in Trafford and need re-housing because of a medical problem, you must also complete the medical application form online on the Home Search website.
If you currently live outside of Trafford, do not complete the medical form. A medical problem will not affect the category you are allocated to.
Your application details will be added to Trafford Council’s Housing Register. We will advise you of your application reference number and other details you need, so that you can apply (bid) for properties that you are interested in. Follow the steps below to view and bid for properties on Trafford Home Search.
When you register for housing you will have to provide proof of identitity. A leaflet shows what kinds of documents are acceptable as proof and what you have to do with them.
How do I know if I will be offered a property?
If your bid is successful you will be contacted by the landlord (Housing Association). If you are not contacted, you have not been successful and will need to continue bidding.
How can I increase my chances of finding a property?
There is a shortage of social housing in Trafford and demand is high.
If you only bid for properties in an area where demand is high, or if your application has not been awarded a high category on the housing register, it will be more difficult to find a property.
You can improve your chances by:
- Bidding for properties in a wider area
- Apply directly to Housing Associations
- Applying for properties from private landlords
Many Housing Associations have properties on their own housing register. To apply for these properties, you will need to register with the Housing Association. Some Housing Associations also advertise properties on Pinpoint.
The more Housing Associations you register with, the more chances you will have of finding a property.
This leaflet gives an easy guide on how to register and bid for properties.
Who is Snug Bug Houseshare for?
Snug Bug is a new service which is available for young people aged between 16 – 25 years of age who have a connection with the area, who are already living in Manchester, are at college or working in the area. Please note that we do not accept applications from young people who are in university. View our access policy & procedure by clicking here.
How do I access Snug Bug?
You can apply online by completing an application form if you click here. Following this our Snug Bug Coordinator will ring you and ask you some questions about your application and any further information we may need. Once we have a completed application we will book you a place on our Snug Bug pre-tenancy training course. The Snug Bug pre tenancy training course runs for three weeks – Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings – you will need to attend and pass all six modules before you can apply for a room.
How do I find a room?
Once you have passed the Snug Bug pre tenancy you will be given an access log in – once you have this unique login you will be able to view all the available rooms and express an interest. Each property will have pen profiles of the other young people who live in the house; this will help you know a little bit more about the hobbies and interests of the young people who you may live with. You will be asked to complete a pen profile of you own.
A great housing option is to move into shared accommodation. There are lots of benefits of sharing accommodation as it can give the advantage of access to better quality accommodation, in an area of your choice as well as cutting your living costs.
Joint tenancies for single people
Throughout Trafford there are lots of opportunities for you to share accommodation both in social housing and the private sector. These are available to single people who have joined together to apply for a joint tenancy.
What is a joint tenancy?
A joint tenancy is where two or more people sign a tenancy agreement for accommodation either with a private landlord or a housing association. You will enjoy the same rights and privileges as other tenants.
What about the rent?
Rents for properties vary depending on size, location etc. All tenants on the tenancy agreement are jointly responsible for paying the rent. This means the rent is payable in weekly or monthly amounts and not split equally between the joint tenants. You need to make sure you agree with each other how this is going to be split and paid. It is important that you choose people you know and trust to share your joint tenancy with.
What are the benefits of living in shared accommodation?
Social Interaction: Living with someone else offers good company and someone to share the responsibility of bills, setting up your home and keeping your property clean and tidy.
Relocation: If you are moving to a new area that you are unfamiliar with sharing accommodation with someone else can help you settle in into your new environment.
Flexibility: Often shared accommodation is managed by private landlords. As there is a lot of private accommodation available in Trafford this gives you the choice on what area you want to live in.
Reduced living costs: Sharing with another person means that you can share the utility bills, rent, food and maintenance.
How do I find shared accommodation?
Trafford Home Search – you can submit a joint application on Trafford Home Search with a friend and apply for a property by bidding on the housing register for Trafford each week.
Housing Association lists - you can register with individual housing associations and submit a joint application as they also run their own individual waiting lists.
Pinpoint and Pinpoint Express – you can register with Pinpoint as well as search for properties on Pinpoint Express and apply for these as a joint application.
Private accommodation – you can look for private shared accommodation online, in local shops and local newspapers, below are linked to websites that advertise shared accommodation.
What happens if I am homeless?
In the event of becoming homeless, we will provide help and assistance for you. We operate a 24-hour homeless service every day of the year. Related information: What happens if I am homeless?
If you are homeless or are concerned you may become homeless contact:
Housing Options Service Trafford
Telephone: 0161 912 2230
You can contact us by telephone between 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you may come into the office and talk to someone face to face Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Please note that every Wednesday the service is closed for staff training and opens at 1pm.
If outside of these hours you become homeless, contact the Emergency Duty Team by telephoning 0161 794 8888.