Oldham Housing and Advice Service
First Choice Homes Oldham and the Citizens Advice Oldham are working together to deliver high quality advice and solutions on a range of housing and housing related options for our customers. Please see the document below for more information.
We will enable and support customers by providing tailored, personalised solutions and by signposting customers to other services and organisations, locally, regionally and nationally.
We will encourage and promote customers to gain the skills and knowledge to be able to help themselves and to be able to ‘self-serve’ many of the solutions and options that are available.Click here for more information about how to get online.
Volunteers are available in the FCHO Customer Zone to support FCHO and Citizens Advice customers. They can help customers to access on line services including on line housing applications, on line bidding and the Citizens Advice Guide, click on the link below for more information.
Citizens Advice Oldham provide drop in services at a number of locations throughout the Oldham Borough. Oldham Citizens Advice Need Advice.
If you want to register for a Social Housing Tenancy in Oldham click here to apply for housing online. FCHO works in partnership with other social landlords in Oldham and you will only need to apply once in order to bid for our available homes. Details of available homes can be viewed on our Bid for a Home page.
Providers who advertise their properties on the advert are:
o AKSA Homes
o First Choice Homes Oldham
o Great Places
o The Guinness Partnership
o Places for People
We may be able to help you to manage in your home. Please follow the Support Services link for further information.
If you are homeless or likely to become homeless in the next 28 days, please go to our homeless page.
If you are a private sector tenant or a landlord and would like advice or information to help resolve a dispute please see our Tenancy Relations Service page.
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
· First you must complete the online housing application form.
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
· Once your application has been verified, you will be able to bid for our available homes
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 Oldham Housing and Advice 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.
Do you receive benefits, including Housing Benefit? If so, you may be about to lose money. Read more on our Welfare Reformpage.