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Have your say on how social housing is given to residents

Published: Wednesday 18 November 2020

We are asking for people to comment on the suggested changes for how social housing is given to people.

You can tell us what you think by completing a survey. Click here for further information and for access to the survey.


Sheltered Housing Apartments Available in Wirral

Published: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Are you thinking of downsizing? Looking for a new home in Wirral? If you’re aged over 55 and in receipt of PIP or are over 60, we could have the perfect place for you! 

We have a number of apartments available in sheltered schemes across Wirral RIGHT NOW! From one and two bedroom apartments in Wallasey to beautiful apartments located close to Birkenhead town centre, your new home could be a phone call away. All apartments are close to excellent transport links and local shops and benefit from beautiful communal gardens, onsite Scheme Managers and laundry facilities. Heating and service charge costs are all included in the rent. 

All of our schemes are fully Covid secure and viewings are carried out with your safety in mind.

For more information, call 0344 736 0066 or email info@regenda.org.uk”

 


COVID-19 Update as at 14/10/2020

Published: Wednesday 14 October 2020

The Property Pool Plus Service and partner landlords are continuing to review our service provision and processes as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and associated Government Guidance is updated. The information below provides an update on the impact of the virus at this time on key elements of the service:

Increased Service Demand

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the organisations managing the Property Pool Plus Service are experiencing an increase in the level of demand from our customers.  We are working hard to respond to all enquiries as quickly as we can and we appreciate your patience in this matter.   Please assist us  by only contacting us via one method i.e. please do not contact by phone and email about the same query as this slows our response rates, and we are trying to maintain a high level of service for all of our customers. Also, please ensure that any contacts you make via phone or email are sent to the organisation managing your application as this will assist with a faster response, a different organisation will not be able to assist you.

 

 

New applications

We are continuing to accept and process new applications submitted via the PPP website. Unfortunately, at this time our usual face to face customer access points remain closed and therefore you will not be able to make an application through this route. If you need to make an application to the scheme and cannot do this on-line you should get in touch with the PPP contact for your Local Authority area to discuss options available. Contact details are available via our Contact Us page.  We have recently launched a new version of our website which is compatible with mobile phones,   which enables customers to complete a new registration and update existing registrations via their smart phone.

 

Updates to existing applications

If you have had a change in circumstances which you need to report, you can do this by logging into your account on-line using your login reference and memorable date; you will then be able to make any required changes to your application and submit them for assessment. If you are unable to do this on line or if you have forgotten your login details you should get in touch with the organisation who manages your application.  If you are unsure who this is then please contact your Local Authority; all contact details can be found on the Contact Us page. If you have forgotten your login reference or memorable date you can retrieve these via the relevant links on the login page of the website.

 

Arrangements for Direct Offers of Accommodation for Homeless Cases

Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Local Authority areas involved in Property Pool Plus are continuing to experience  an unprecedented number of households presenting to them for homelessness assistance.  In order to effectively respond to this issue it has been agreed that Local Authorities operating within PPP will continue to prioritise homeless households in the housing allocation process where required; this is currently being  facilitated via a direct matching process to available properties outside of the usual PPP advertising process    Any properties which are not required for homeless households will be allocated within usual Property Pool Plus processes, however this is inevitably resulting in a reduction in the number of properties being advertised and some properties being withdrawn during the advertising cycle.  It should also be noted that other housing solutions are being sought for homeless households in addition to Social Housing such as accommodation in the private rented sectorIt is not anticipated that these arrangements  will continue in the longer term and they will continue to be under regular review. 

 

Weekly Property Advertising Cycle

We are continuing to run a weekly advertising cycle, however you will no doubt have noticed that the number of properties being advertised remain at a significantly low level. This is a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply of properties due to Government Guidance and restrictions on moving home, as well as social distancing measures and associated impacts, resulting in:

  • Lower numbers of available properties, as existing tenants are not moving out, and in some cases those who had planned to move have withdrawn their notice and decided to remain
  • Some properties being directly allocated to homeless households rather than being advertised, as described above
  • Limitations on landlord’s ability to inspect and complete repairs on those properties that are empty
  • Difficulty in completing viewings, tenancy sign ups and removals in line with social distancing requirements

Unfortunately, due to the continued impact and prevalence of the virus it is likely that the number of vacancies and service provision  will continue to be impacted for a considerable time to come.

Property Offers and Viewings

Our partner landlords are continuing to review and amend their processes in line with social distancing requirements which will continue to impact on property turnaround times and arrangements for property viewings and signups.  If you are matched to a property the individual landlords will provide you with information on approximate timescales when you will be able to occupy the property, therefore please direct any questions you have regarding the property to the individual landlords or visit the landlords websites for potential updates.  Please visit the Registered Provider page of our website for links to partner landlord's own websites.  PPP will be unable to advise you on specific information relating to individual properties.

 

We appreciate that the limited availability of accommodation is frustrating and disappointing however, this is outside our control and we can assure you that we are working towards resuming a normal level of service as quickly as possible.

 


COVID-19 Update as at 07/07/20

Published: Tuesday 7 July 2020

The Property Pool Plus Service and partner landlords are continuing to review our service provision and processes as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and associated Government Guidance is updated. The information below provides an update on the impact of the virus at this time on key elements of the service:

 

New applications

We are continuing to accept and process new applications submitted via the PPP website. During this time our usual face to face customer access points are closed and therefore you will not be able to make an application through this route. If you need to make an application to the scheme and cannot do this on-line you should get in touch with the PPP contact for your Local Authority area to discuss options available. Contact details are available via our Contact Us page. For information, in the coming weeks we will be launching a new version of our website which is compatible with mobile phones, and this will enable customers to complete a new registration and update existing registrations via their smart phone.

 

Updates to existing applications

If you have had a change in circumstances which you need to report, you can do this by logging into your account on-line using your login reference and memorable date; you will then be able to make any required changes to your application and submit them for assessment. If you are unable to do this on line or if you have forgotten your login details you should get in touch with the PPP contact for your Local Authority area using the contact details given on the Contact Us page. For information, in the coming weeks we will be updating our website so that you will be able to retrieve your login reference via the website using the email address you have used in your registration. You can already retrieve your memorable date via the website. Please assist us to reply to all contacts as quickly as possible by only contacting us via one method i.e. please do not contact by phone and email about the same query as this slows our response rates, and we are trying to maintain a high level of service for all of our customers. Also, please ensure that any contacts you make via phone or email are sent to the organisation managing your application as this will assist with a faster response, a different organisation will not be able to assist you.

 

Arrangements for Direct Offers of Accommodation for Homeless Cases

Due to the impact of COVID-19 the Local Authority areas involved in Property Pool Plus have seen an unprecedented number of households presenting to them for homelessness assistance.  Housing Options Teams have been working with individual households to resolve their housing need in line with Government Guidance relating to COVID-19.  During the initial lockdown period this meant that only essential property allocations could be progressed, which included allocations to people who had no settled accommodation, and to those in temporary accommodation.  These property allocations were facilitated via a direct matching process administered jointly between Property Pool Plus, Housing Options Teams and partner Housing Associations.  Government guidance has since been relaxed to allow more property allocations to proceed, though still within strict  health and safety guidelines including social distancing.  However, due to continued high levels of demand for accommodation for homeless households it has been agreed that Local Authorities operating within PPP will continue to prioritise homeless households in the housing allocation process where required, and this will continue via a direct matching process as described above.  At this time, this approach will continue in the Local Authority areas of Halton, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.  It is not anticipated that these arrangements  will continue in the longer term and they will be under regular review.  In the mean time any properties which are not required for homeless households will be allocated within usual Property Pool Plus processes.  It should also be noted that other housing solutions are being sought for homeless households in addition to Social Housing such as accommodation in the private rented sector.         

 

Weekly Property Advertising Cycle

We are continuing to run a weekly advertising cycle, however you will no doubt have noticed that the number of properties being advertised remain at a significantly low level. This is a direct impact of the pandemic on the supply of properties due to Government Guidance and restrictions on moving home, as well as social distancing measures and associated impacts, resulting in:

  • Lower numbers of available properties, as existing tenants are not moving out, and in some cases those who had planned to move have withdrawn their notice and decided to remain
  • Some properties being directly allocated to homeless households rather than being advertised, as described above
  • Limitations on landlord’s ability to inspect and complete repairs on those properties that are empty
  • Continuing difficulty in obtaining some maintenance and building supplies
  • Difficulty in completing viewings, tenancy sign ups and removals in line with social distancing requirements
  • A need to focus on essential activity such as rehousing those in temporary accommodation in line with government guidance

Government Guidance has recently been updated to allow for people to move home in line with public health and social distancing guidelines. This may result in the number of properties becoming available through Property Pool Plus gradually start to increase in the coming months; however it is not expected that there will be a quick return to the numbers of properties coming through prior to the pandemic. 

 

Property Offers and Viewings

Our partner landlords are continuing to review and amend their processes in line with social distancing requirements which will continue to impact on property turnaround times and arrangements for property viewings and signups.  If you are matched to a property the individual landlords will provide you with information on approximate timescales when you will be able to occupy the property, therefore please direct any questions you have regarding the property to the individual landlords or visit the landlords websites for potential updates.  Please visit the Registered Provider page of our website for links to partner landlord's own websites.  PPP will be unable to advise you on specific information relating to individual properties.

 

We appreciate that the limited availability of accommodation is frustrating and disappointing however, this is outside our control and we can assure you that we are working towards resuming a normal level of service as quickly as possible.


Rent to Buy Apartments Now Available in Birkenhead

Published: Monday 2 March 2020
Rent to Buy Apartments Now Available in Birkenhead

One Vision Housing are delighted to introduce ‘Church View’, a new development of 47 two bedroom apartments, close to Birkenhead Park and with easy access to Liverpool city centre for £480* pcm

These well designed apartments have open plan living areas, contemporary kitchens, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and are perfect for people looking for their first home as well as those looking to share with a friend and households looking to downsize.

These lovely homes are available to rent through our affordable **Rent to Buy (rent now, buy later) option with rents capped at 80% of the market rent, allowing prospective home owners to save a deposit to buy a home in the future.

We are expecting lots of demand for Church View, which will be ready to move into from Spring 2020. So register your interest today and we’ll be in touch to invite you to our show apartment launch and keep you up to date with apartment availability.

*Rent calculated at 80% of current market values of £600 per calendar month

 

Click to view more information and register your interest https://ovh.org.uk/buy/property/church-view/1438/church-view-apartment-birkenhead/