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Wirral Methodist
Housing Association

Oswald House
42 Hamilton Street
Birkenhead
CH41 5AE

Tel: 0151-647-5471
Fax: 0151-647-5178

OPENING HOURS
Mon-Fri 9.00-4.00

Looking for a home with Wirral Methodist Housing Association

Looking for a home with Wirral Methodist Housing Association

LOOKING FOR A HOME WITH WIRRAL METHODIST HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Wirral Methodist owns and rents houses in the Wirral and Ellesmere Port areas.

We do not hold our own waiting list. You must register on the `Property Pool Plus` register for homes on the Wirral or register with Cheshire West and Chester council for properties in Ellesmere Port.

APPLYING FOR HOUSING IN ELLESMERE PORT

You must first register with Cheshire West and Chester Council on their Home Seekers List.
The register on their Home seekers list go to http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/ or telephone 0151 356 6552.

APPLYING FOR HOUSING ON THE WIRRAL

You must be registered on the `Property Pool Plus `database.                

What is Property Pool Plus?
Property Pool Plus is a partnership of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in the Wirral area who have agreed an allocations policy for letting their housing stock in the borough.
The policy is based on a quota system of available vacancies which are advertised each week and people are asked to apply for suitable properties which they are interested in.
Landlords taking part in the scheme are:

Wirral Methodist Housing Association

Symphony Housing Group Arena Housing Association

Beechwood & Ballantyne Community Housing Association
Cosmopolitan Housing Association
Regenda
Riverside Housing
Venture Housing Association
Wirral Partnership Homes

 How do I register on the Property Pool database?
You must have a current application on the Property Pool Plus Database in order to apply for an advertised vacancy. You can register on the database at any Council One Stop Shop or by telephoning Property Pool Plus 0151 691 8040. You will be given a reference number and a registration date.
It is important that you inform Property Pool Plus of any changes in you circumstances as a failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your application.       

Can anyone register on the database?
Almost anyone over the age of 16 years can register. Some people who are subject to immigration control may not qualify. Applicants with a history of anti-social behaviour may be disqualified from registering and /or being offered a property. Applicants with rent arrears may be prevented from being offered a property.

What happens if I need to move urgently?
Some applicants may need to move urgently. Their application will be assessed and they may be awarded a priority called urgent need status. The categories of urgent need are listed below.
Applicants who are currently living in a property which is classed as being statutory overcrowded.
Applicants who are currently living in a property which is considered to be unfit for occupation by the councils Environmental Health Section
Applicants in severe medical need where their current housing is adversely affecting their health. Those who have mobility problems and require adapted property will be registered on the Disabled Persons Housing Register.
Applicants living in a current clearance area.
Applicants who are suffering from harassment or violence, which has been investigated and supported by the Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team or other appropriate agency.
Applicants who need to move for special hardship or welfare reasons as agreed by the Wirralhomes team.
Tenants living in property owned by participating RSLS which have 2 or more unoccupied bedrooms
If you are awarded an Urgent Need Status for rehousing, this priority will last for an initial period of 6 months only.
Occasionally applicants may be awarded a maximum of 2 Urgent Need Statuses known as Multiple Urgent Need Status.

Where will the Property Pool Plus properties be advertised?
You will be able to see the Wirralhomes advert each week in the following places:
The offices of Wirral Methodist Housing Association
The Wirral Globe newspaper
Participating registered Social Landlord Offices
Internet (www.wirralhomes.net)
Other community facilities

How do I apply for vacancies?
You can apply for the vacancies in the following ways
Call into any Council One Stop Shop
Phone the hotline on 0151 691 8090
Email wirralhomesenq@wirral.gov.uk
Return the coupon from the Wirral Globe Newspaper to the Property Pool Team
You may apply for a maximum of 2 properties each week.
Please note that the closing date for receiving expressions of interest is Tuesday at 2pm each week.

Can I apply for any vacancy?
The properties are advertised in 2 groups
Group1 Any applicant may apply but applicants with urgent need status are given priority
Group2 any applicant may apply but applicants are considered in order of date of registration and any urgent need status is not taken into account.
Adverts will also contain details of the type of household the landlord is seeking for the particular vacancy.
Please be careful to check that your household fits the description in the advert (for example if it says preference will be given to a family with 2 children).

Who will be offered a particular property?
This will depend upon which group was specified in the advertisement;
Group1 Any applicants with Multiple Urgent Need Status will be given priority over applicants who do not need to move urgently. If there are no applicants with Urgent Need Status the property will normally be offered to the applicant who has been registered on the Wirralhomes database for the longest period of time.
Group2 The property will normally be offered to the applicant who has been registered on the Wirralhomes Database for the longest period of time.
Before an offer is made, the landlord will check your application.

What kind of checks will be made?
This could include references from a current or a previous landlord, confirmation of who you are, who lives with you and who wants to move home with you. Any previous damage or anti-social  behaviour will also be taken into consideration.
You may also be asked by the landlord to give your permission for checks to be made with the Police or other relevant organisations.

How will I know if I've be successful?
The landlord advertising the property will contact you only if you have been successful. Therefore it will help greatly if you can supply a contact phone number.
Details of vacancies from the previous weeks are contained on the wirralhomes website and are displayed at the Conway Centre One Stop Shop.

If I am offered the vacancy, will I be able to view it before making up my mind?
Yes, you will be given an opportunity to view the property and if you like it, you will need to sign the tenancy agreement and a date will then be set for you to start the tenancy.
If you view the property and decide it is not for you, don`t worry. You will be able to express interest in other properties in the future. However, please let the landlord know as soon as possible if you are refusing a property. If a number of refusals are noted, your application will be reviewed.

What if I need help applying for properties?
The Property Pool Plus team are able to help you. Phone the Hotline 0151 691 8040 and the staff will be happy to assist you. They can also arrange for an interpreter if your first language is not English.
Information can be provided in large print for those with sight difficulties or you may simply need a few questions answering about the process