First council transfers housing register to HomeHunt service
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has become the first local authority to transfer its housing register to the new HomeHunt service.
In a bid to improve its allocations process, the council has followed more than 20 housing associations in replacing its existing choice based letting (CBL) system with the purpose-built service.
Councillor Julie Jackson, who is responsible for the council’s housing department, said: "HomeHunt is designed to make the process of choosing a home much simpler for tenants and will offer a range of properties which are easily accessible and well detailed online. Our aim is always to provide a first class service to tenants and residents and we believe HomeHunt will help us to do this."
A SaaS (Software as a Solution) service, HomeHunt can be shared by different suppliers of social housing operating in the same area, from councils and housing associations through to private landlords, meaning landlords and their allocations teams can share information and gain real-time insight from one another.
HomeHunt's product manager, Louise Dunsdon, said: "Traditionally, most general needs social housing stock has been advertised through local authority-led CBL schemes.
"Most of these are approaching their tenth anniversary, making them antiquated in IT terms, and as a result they are struggling to keep pace with the dynamically changing landscape that is social housing."