The council provides a general housing needs advice service. If you need housing advice, you should visit housing options online by following this link www.basingstokehoo.org.uk. If you still need to talk a housing adviser after using housing options online, the housing team can be contacted by:
- emailing email@example.com
- phoning 01256 844844 (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
- faxing 01256 845200
- writing to the Housing and Benefits Business Unit, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH
- visiting the council offices (Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Friday 8:30am-4:30pm)
Housing advice and homelessness prevention
We can offer advice to residents in the borough who are at risk of homelessness. This includes help on:
- tenancy matters
- debt counselling
- private sector renting
- nominations and information about housing association
Housing Options Online
Information about all aspects of housing advice can be found by visiting www.basingstokehoo.org.uk. Housing Options Online is an easy to use online tool that provides information about the housing options and support services that you are eligible for.
Accessing social housing through the housing register
The council provides a housing register for all local housing associations acting as a focal point for new applicants and existing tenants seeking alternative accommodation.
Providing affordable housing for local people
Working in partnership with local housing associations and other partners, we assist in the development of new and improved housing services, to provide affordable housing for local families.
We work with Registered Providers, landowners, developers and other stakeholders to ensure that a range of tenures is delivered on all development sites, where it would be viable to do so to meet a range of different housing needs. The council acts as an enabler within this process. We work to improve the quality of life through investment in housing, leisure and community facilities and by providing safe communities to live in.
The Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing Partnership (HARAH)
HARAH was set up to make a difference to the provision of affordable housing in the villages of Hampshire. It is made up of several local authorities across Hampshire and was set up to speed up the process of delivering rural housing, and to increase the amount of funding available in the county.
Here are some further sources of information and websites that you may find useful:
This is the official website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. This site contains lots of information on renting and letting.
Various sources of information. Go to 'Owning and renting a property' for information on private letting and renting. This site also has information about council tax and being a landlord and renting out a room.
The Housing Ombudsman site. An independent service dealing with complaints against landlords and agents, and other housing related disputes.
'Everything a landlord needs to rent out a property safely and legally'. A useful site with lots of good information. For a small joining fee you can have access to more information plus a wide range of documents.
The Residential Landlords Association website. They offer landlords support and advice as well as training opportunities and ideas for improving standards and saving money.
A knowledge base for landlords, agents and tenants. Information on everything from taxation to regulations and a directory of services from debt collection to pest control.
British Property Federation
National Federation of Residential Landlords
Residential Landlords Association
PropertyWide is a website similar to GumTree and RightMove that allows people to search to find rented accommodation in their area.
Advice Guide: www.adviceguide.org.uk
Basingstoke CAB: www.basingstokecab.co.uk
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
Housing Advice team
Telephone: 01256 844844