Applying for a Home
Applications for housing with Ashton Pioneer Homes are accepted from anybody in any circumstance. Our aim is to fairly allocate all the properties we own on the basis of balancing the needs of applicants and the needs of the community.
Applying to rent a home with APH an easy process; here’s all you need to do:
Complete An Application Form
Here’s our Housing Application Form to download for completion. If you don’t have access to a computer there is one for tenants and applicants to use free of charge in our Reception at Margaret House .
You can also telephone: 0161 343 8128 and have a form posted to you or pick one up from Reception at our Margaret House Office.
Once we receive your application we will:
- register you on the waiting list
- give your application a unique reference number
- place your application in a priority ‘band’ which is assessed from the details you have put on your application form ( Banding Priorities )
We will then write to you to:
- confirming that you are now registered on Ashton Pioneer Homes waiting list
- asking you to supply any more information that we might need e.g. at least one character reference from somebody who knows you in a professional capacity (this must be on a company letterhead)
If you have supplied current or previous landlord details we will then write to ALL of them on your behalf for a tenancy reference for you. Once we have received two satisfactory references your application will become ‘live’ on our waiting list.
We will then write to you again to:
- invite you into our Margaret House Office for an interview with one of our Housing Officers.
What will you need to bring with you to this interview?
You will need to bring:
- photo proof of ID (acceptable documents are: current signed passport / current photocard driver’s licence / current EEA member state identity card / current identity card issued by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland / residence permit issued by the Home Office)
- your National Insurance number and proof of your income (wage slips or benefit details)
- a support worker (where appropriate)
- Home Office papers proving residency (if applicable)
At the interview we will:
- check all the details you’ve supplied on your application form are correct
- confirm the type of property you qualify for
- assess your income and expenditure
- ask you to supply further information
- ask for a detailed tenancy support plan (where appropriate)
- discuss approximate waiting time
- at the end of the interview you will be asked to sign a declaration that all the information you have supplied is correct.
The next time we contact you it will be to either:
- make you an offer of a property and arrange a viewing. We will normally do this by telephone.
- or to review our waiting list. We will normally do this by post.
The Property viewing
At the property viewing we will:
- accompany you to view the property
- discuss any issues you raise for example any outstanding repair works
- if you are happy with the property make arrangements for you to sign for the tenancy
- if you don’t want to accept the offer we will ask about the type of property you want to be considered for
- if you no longer want to be considered for a property we will advise you that we will delete your application
When signing for your tenancy we will:
- ask you to bring any relevant documents (we will let you know what in advance)
- explain the rights and responsibilities that you have as a tenant
- explain the rights and responsibilities Ashton Pioneer Homes has as a landlord
- issue you with our Tenant’s Handbook which explains all Ashton Pioneer Homes services
- issue you with a rent card
- issue you with the keys to the property and a door entry fob if necessary
- help you complete an on-line Housing Benefit claim, verify all relevant documents and send them to Tameside MBC on your behalf if necessary
- help you complete an on-line claim for Council Tax Support if necessary
- complete a Profiling Questionnaire with you
- ask you to sign two Tenancy Agreements (an APH Officer will also sign both tenancy agreements)
- take your photograph for future proof of identity
- tell you about how you can get involved and join our Community Groups
- explain how to contact us and our One Stop Shop service
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