PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
The Home Choice Scheme provides people who may be statutory homeless, with the opportunity to move into a home of their choice in the private sector and to avoid homelessness and a lengthy stay in temporary accommodation.
We introduce families to private landlords and work closely with both parties to make sure the move into private accommodation runs smoothly.
Emma McLeod a landlord to a number of Home Choice tenants says, 'don’t immediately discount the Local Housing Allowance market. Tenants in receipt of benefits tend to stay longer: there isn’t the same churn, which in turn saves on lost rent and re-advertising your property. Tenants on Housing Benefit make the place their home rather than just seeing it as one step on the road to buying their own place'.
The Home Choice Team can offer landlords the following incentives to make the whole process as smooth as possible.
No Fees, No Obligations: We do not charge fees and you have no obligation to accept any potential tenants we refer to you. We strive to match potential tenants to the properties they want, as we believe that happy tenants will be good tenants.
Rent in advance – we can offer one month’s rent in advance.
Finders fee – As a thank you we would pay you a finder’s fee.
Cash or Bond Deposits: We can offer either a cash deposit, or a guaranteed Bond underwritten by Oxford City Council. The advantage of a Bond is that it does not have to be registered under the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme, which can be both costly and time-consuming in the event of a dispute.
Dedicated and Helpful Staff: The team has expanded in recent years. There are 4 full time and 2 part-time team members with different areas of expertise including Housing Benefits, one Legal Executive, ARLA credited and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Agency Fees: We can pay reasonable agency fees to help with costs incurred when setting up a tenancy, including paperwork, administration, check in / out fees, tenancy renewal and credit checks.
Tenancy Agreements: We have our own legally drafted tenancy agreement which can be produced quickly and accurately.
Legal Advice: We have a Legal Executives in the team who is happy to give, free practical advice on all issues relating to tenancy matters, including, if required, terminating a tenancy.
Fast Turnaround of Properties: Due to the diverse nature of our client base, we are always looking for a wide variety of properties in all areas of Oxford and the surrounding areas. We can supply potential tenants very quickly, minimising costly void periods. If you have properties that are hard to let, we may have a potential tenant for you - we have had previous success in finding tenants for narrow boats, tower block flats and 8 bed houses.
Housing Benefit Payments made Quickly and Directly to Landlords: We have a strong and positive working relationship with Housing Benefits. As well as an extensive working knowledge of the legislation, we also have a dedicated Housing Benefit assessor who gets Benefits assessed and paid quickly. We can also offer Housing Benefit payment direct to landlords, which is not automatic to tenants who aren't supported by the scheme.
Continued Tenancy Support: Our team are always available to sort out any issues that may arise during the tenancy. We aim to provide settled, happy family housing to our tenants and aim to deliver long term and hassle free tenancies.
Useful Information: Click to download our Guides to the Home Choice Scheme - available for both tenants and landlords
Page last updated 12 February 2014
Housing Needs Team
St Aldate's Chambers
109 St Aldate's