Housing

Housing Information for young people

Click to expandWhat can I expect to happen to me if I have a Housing Problem?

If you are aged 16-24 and are experiencing housing problems you are likely to be offered an appointment to see the Mediation and Housing Options Team at Leeds Housing Options. 

The Young People’s Team at Leeds Housing Options are fully trained and have 10 years' experience of working with young people. They are there to listen to you, will not judge you and want to help you in the best way possible. In all cases it is best that you are open and honest with them about your circumstances. The more they know about you the better they can help you. 
The staff on this team will talk to you about what problems you are experiencing and offer support and guidance to deal with them. This will include detailed information about what your housing options are including what to expect, how long things will take, how much things cost, what help you can get. 
A mediator will also chat with you about any relationship problems you may have and see what they can do to help try and relieve this and keep a roof over your head until you are offered a housing alternative. 
 The service will explain what to expect when living independently and talk to you about the responsibilities of managing your own tenancy in order to prepare you for when you move into your own accommodation. 
A homelessness assessment will be completed to see what duties Leeds City Council have to your housing situation. This assessment will also determine your priority band. Where appropriate, further enquiries will be made with family and friends, children and young people's social care, and other professional support agencies.
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Click to expandHow do I access this service?

​​Call in to see us and ask for an appointment at: 

Leeds Housing Options, 
First Floor, 2 Great George Street, 
Leeds, LS2 8BA. 
If you have a support worker you may be able to get a pre-booked appointment for 9am or 10am. Ask your worker to call Leeds Housing Options on 0113 2224412. 
We are open from 08:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30am to 4:00pm on Fridays. 
If you become homeless in an emergency and when we are closed you can call the ‘out of hours’ number on 07891273939. 
Or email us by clicking the link below.
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Email us

Click to expandWhat do I need to bring?

​​If you haven’t already registered for a bidding number, you will need to bring proof of identification. 

If you do not have photo ID, you will need 3 forms of ID. 
These can be any of the following: Passport, driving licence, medical card, birth certificate, bank statement, supporting letter, proof of income or national insurance, CRB check, and if you are from abroad, all documents relating to your arrival into the UK.
If you do not have a bidding number, you will be asked to complete a housing registration form. It would be helpful to bring a completed one with you to your appointment. 
You can collect one from any Leeds City Council Housing Office or you can access one on line at the link below. The staff at Leeds Housing Options will help you to complete this form if you are unsure of any questions.
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Housing Registration Form - Please bring a completed form to your appointment

Click to expandWhat other housing options are available to me?

​​It is always easier to have an appointment to discuss your options, rather than try and do this on your own. ​The Mediation and Housing Options Worker will discuss this with you in detail.

However, everyone has 6 options available to them:

1). Bidding for Council Properties: This is done through choice based lettings and can take from 6 months to 2 years.
www.leedshomes.org.uk
 
2). Registering with Housing Associations: You can contact them direct to register and this can also take 6 months to 2 years.

3). Private Rented Accommodation: This is your only immediate option and if you are a single person who is not working and are dependent on housing benefit to pay your rent, you are only entitled to £63.96 towards your rent per week.

www.letshelpyou.co.uk
www.dssmove.co.uk
www.gumtree.com
www.openrent.co.uk
www.spareroom.co.uk
www.houseshare.com
www.flatshare.com
www.easyroommate.com
www.flatmaterooms.co.uk/leeds

4). Friends and Family: We will do our best to secure a planned move from friends and family whilst you are waiting for your own accommodation and can offer mediation to help resolve conflict at home. This does not have to be an alternative solution to housing and if you are able to remain living with family temporarily you will still receive the same help. 

5). Supported Accommodation: These are temporary properties that are fully furnished and come with support. If appropriate we may refer you to Flagship. See link at end of entry.

6). Emergency Accommodation: This is not available to everyone. When we do your assessment, we will find out if you are eligible. For the majority it is hostel accommodation and going into a hostel does not speed up your housing process in any way.
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Register with Housing Association

Flagship Housing

Bid for a Council Property