To view all the properties you are eligible to bid for you will need to log in through the Choice Move website.

We offer a wide-range of quality properties, including bungalows, flats, and family-sized accommodation which are advertised each week on the Choice Move website.

All properties are offered in accordance with the Allocations Policy set out by North East Derbyshire District Council.

To assist you in using the Choice Move System, we have developed a step by step guide.

View our Choice Move Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

You can join the housing register by completing a Housing Application form which can be downloaded and printed.  Please be aware you will need to fill in, sign and hand in a Tenancy Agreement Privacy Statement when you return your Housing Application form. A copy of the Agreement can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

You can also contact our Choice Move Team who will be able to help with any enquiries about the registration process on 01246 217670.

To apply to join the housing register you must be over 16 years of age and not own your home or have equity/assets or savings in excess of £30,000 (excluding current tenants). 

When you are accepted onto the housing register, we will write to you with your your housing application number, the band your application has been given and your effective date and the number of bedrooms you are entitled to and the property type.

Changes in Circumstances

You must inform us if your circumstances change so we can reassess your application and if necessary, make changes to your band and priority date.

Who can use the system?

Anyone who has been accepted onto the North East Derbyshire District Council’s Housing Register can use the Choice Move system. There are some people who will not, by law, be eligible to join the housing register.  They are:

  • Certain people who are subject to Immigration Control under the 1996 Asylum and Immigration Act
  • Certain people from abroad who are not subject to Immigration Control but who are not habitually resident in the UK, e.g. Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland
  • People (including members of their household) who have been found guilty of unacceptable behaviour that makes them unsuitable of becoming a tenant.  This includes former or current customers with outstanding rent arrears.
Choosing

Properties are advertised on a weekly basis on the Choice Move website.

The advertisements tell you the landlord, location, number of bedrooms, weekly rent and other features so you can decide if the home is right for you.

A photograph of the property or a similar property will be shown where available and you can access information about the local area and facilities.

The advertisements also tell you if there are any special requirements that the applicant must meet, such as age requirements.

Bidding

To apply for a home, you must first join the housing register.  You may only apply for properties which suit your family size and medical need. You do this by expressing your interest or bidding on the property. You can bid online through the Choice Move website. You will need to log-in to the site to find the properties you are eligible to bid for.

Housing Application Form

Offers

All bids will be put in priority order of banding and waiting time to produce a list of eligible applicants for each property advertised. 

In the situation of a “tie” where two customers with the same banding and waiting time are at the top of a short list, the decision of the allocation will be made by a Senior Officer at Rykneld Homes.

Your housing application will be subject to verification checks (including eligibility, rent and household circumstances). Any change in circumstances that we are not aware of may affect the offer of a property.  We have the right to withdraw an offer if you have not informed us of a change in circumstances or if you have provided misleading or incorrect information.  If we find you have made a false declaration, we have the right to cancel your housing application.

We only contact successful applicants, if you have not been contacted then you have been unsuccessful this time.

The top shortlisted applicant(s) will be invited to attend a viewing however, if the applicant(s) cannot be contacted within 24 hours the next eligible person will be offered a viewing.

Viewings & Refusals

If you are successful you will be invited to view the property. If you have any medical needs that need taking into account a Housing Occupational Therapist may accompany the Housing Officer and an assessment will be carried out to ensure that the property fully meets your needs. 

If a property is deemed unsuitable by Rykneld Homes this will not be considered as a refusal of the property by you.

Refusals

If you are at the top of the list and you turn down a property, we will move to the next applicant and so on.  You will not normally be penalised for refusing a property and can continue to bid for properties in the next cycle, however, you must ensure you are placing bids appropriately.

If you are offered a property, you will not be shortlisted for other homes until you have decided to accept or refuse the offer.  If you accept a property, we will advise you when you may be given the keys.

Offers can be refused, however reasons must be given for refusal and if the applicant's reasons are not considered reasonable, applicants may be suspended for a period of three months. When an applicant has been offered and refused 3 homes their application will be re-assessed and housing advice given including considering the property location and property type. If the applicant's reasons for refusal are not considered reasonable, applications may be suspended for a period of three months.

Feedback

We publish information about properties we have successfully let.

Please contact us for our most recent lets. We can tell you:

  • The number of applicants that bid for the property
  • The band they were in
  • The waiting time of the successful applicants.

This may give you a better idea of how popular a particular type of property or area is and how long you would normally have to wait.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

If you would like to give us your feedback about being re-housed through Choice Move, please complete a Customer Satisfaction Survey.  You should receive a survey when you sign up for the property.

We would like to hear from you if you have any comments about the service you received so please use our online form to give us your feedback - the feedback we receive helps to shape our future service provision.

Your Choice of Housing

There are different types of properties available throughout the district including houses, flats, and bungalows. 

When you register with Choice Move, you will be told how many bedrooms you are entitled to – this is very important following changes to the Benefits system and a reduction in Housing Benefit if you have more bedrooms that the Government says you need. 

Community Lettings Plan

Homes in areas with these plans will be subject to additional lettings criteria which have been agreed and operate in specific localities, for example where Rykneld Homes and the Council have built new homes.

Housing Association Accommodation

These are advertised through the Choice Move scheme and nominated by the Allocations Officers, normally the top three eligible customers details will be passed to the appropriate Housing Association.

Housing Application Form

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RHL Privacy Notice

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Choice Move Change Of Circumstances Form

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Medical Needs Form

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Mental Health Assessment Form

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Application For Extra Care Accommodation

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