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Homelessness and Housing Advice
If you are struggling to pay your rent or mortgage, the Homelessness and Housing Advice Team could help. The Council provides free confidential advice to anyone with a housing problem in the District.
If you need help or assistance please telephone the Homelessness and Housing Advice Team on: 01702 318045/318160 or email Homelessness.HousingAdvice@Rochford.gov.uk
If you are interested in applying for social rented housing (in the District), you must first join the Council’s Housing Register. All applications are judged against the Council’s Lettings Policy and homes are allocated (usually) to people with the highest need for a particular type of property.
The Housing Strategy identifies the District's current/future housing needs and how they will be met. The strategy considers national, regional and sub-regional issues and how they affect the District. Drawing its conclusions, the strategy identifies the main housing priorities until 2011 and they will be met.
Housing Associations / Rochford Housing Association
All social rented homes in the District are owned by Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations). Rochford Housing Association is the largest provider and manages over 1,600 properties in the District.
If you are unable to buy or rent a home on the open market a number of affordable housing options have been introduced to help. This section highlights the different options available and affordable homes for sale in the District.
The Homelessness and Housing Advice Team have a dedicated officer who can help anyone suffering from Domestic Abuse. If you are experiencing abuse or want further information please contact the Council for help.
Use the links below to find out more information about the different types of housing grants that you may be eligible for. Please also see the Energy Efficiency section below for information about the different types of energy assistance that you may be eligible for.
Up to 25% of the heat in your home can be lost through the roof. Most homes have some kind of insulation but it is often inadequate. For optimum energy efficiency, you should have insulation that is 270mm deep.
Up to 35% of the heat in your home can be lost through the walls. Cavity wall insulation is one of the best ways to reduce your heating bills as it increases the energy efficiency of your home. If your home was built after 1930, it will probably have "cavity" walls, this means there is a gap in the walls that can be filled with insulation. If you insulate these cavities, you'll bring your home up to current standards and make it warmer, more comfortable and cheaper to heat.