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Find A Home - First Choice Homes

 "Working together to improve homes and communities, to make them places where people want to live."

Find A Home

Office Closure 25th September 2015

Please note that our service centre will only be taking emergency calls between 11am and 12 noon Friday 25th September and our customer zone at First Place Union Street will be closed for one hour.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


One Point Housing Options


The One Point Housing Options and Advice Service provides information to all members of the community on a range of housing options and housing related advice.

We are here to help customers to manage and keep their homes or to achieve their housing aspirations. 

The Service is a partnership service with First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) at its core. Other partners include Oldham Council, Connexions, Supported Housing Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Probation, Job Centre Plus and Social Care Services. 

The service aims to help customers to help themselves and to offer support to those who need it. We are able to provide tailor made, personalised solutions and to link customers into services provided by FCHO and our partners locally, regionally and nationally 

We allocate FCHO tenancies in line with the Council’s Allocation Scheme.

Oldham Council Allocations Scheme February 2014 [pdf] 344KB

This includes  producing daily adverts of available properties which you can view from the Bid for a Home page. We also carry out the delegated responsibility from Oldham Council in respect of homelessness and its prevention.

Providers who advertise their available properties on the advert are:

·         Contour

·         First Choice Homes Oldham

·         Great Places

·         The Guinness Partnership

·         Housing 21

·         Places For People

·         Villages

·         Riverside

·         Aksa Homes

·         Regenda

If you are homeless or likely to become homeless in the next 28 days, please go to our homeless page.

If you are already a social housing tenant and would consider swapping homes with another social housing tenant, please see our information about the Homeswapper Scheme. 

If you are a tenant or landlord in the private rented sector, and would like help or advice in resolving a dispute or issue, please see our Tenancy Relations Service.

There is currently a very high demand for housing, therefore you are likely to have a long wait before a suitable home becomes available.  You should consider other ways to find a home and our Supported Housing Services before applying for one of our homes. 

Go to our Homes Available Now page. These properties are offered to customers who are eligible for the type of property and are let on a first come, first served basis.


Step By Step Guide To Finding A Home With Us

The process is very straight forward;


Step 1 - Housing Application


Step 2 - Verification

  • Your application will be made live and ready to place bids within 20 days of you completing your application. All checks will be done if you are successful when placing your bids. Please keep your application number safe as this will become your bidding number. You do not need to anything else. 


Step 3 - Bid for homes


More Information

For more information about how we allocate our homes, please see the

If you have Former Tenancy Arrears with First Choice Homes Oldham, read our Former Tenancy Arrears and Credit Policy [pdf] 209KB

If you wish to give us some feedback about our One Point Housing Options Service please Tell Us What You Think.

 Daily Property Updates

Our website will now be updated daily with FCHO properties. We hope that this will make it easier for you to bid for our homes.

FCHO will make multi provisional offers on our properties to the successful customer. We will contact the top five customers within 48 hours in order to confirm your interest and to outline the next steps.

Please be aware that all FCHO offers are subject to 2 full weeks rent in advance. This includes existing FCHO tenants who are looking to transfer. Direct Debits are mandatory.

Please be aware that other Registered Providers may have different conditions which you will need to  comply with before you are considered for a home.


Warning triangle for Welfare Reform Do you receive benefits, including Housing Benefit? If so, you may be about to lose money. Read more on our Welfare Reform page.




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