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EU,EEA and Swiss National

As of 1 January 2021, if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, please note that due to the UK leaving the EU,  you will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status as well as meeting other criteria to access social housing. The deadline to apply for settled or pre-settled status is 30 June 2021. GOV.UK has prepared a step by step guide to help you understand if you need to apply and what you'll need to do if you decide to stay in the UK. This is also available in 26 European languages.

To find out what you need to do and when, use the online tool on GOV.UK.

Welcome to Gateway to Homechoice

Gateway to Homechoice is a choice based lettings system, where social housing properties are advertised in the local authority areas of Babergh, Braintree, Colchester, East Suffolk, Ipswich, Maldon and Mid Suffolk. 

Properties that are available for rent will be advertised each week.


Advertising dates 22

Current cycle

22 Apr, until 28 Apr

Next cycle

Starts 29 Apr, until 5 May
Please note that we are currently experiencing a high volume of housing register applications so processing times are longer than usual. We apologise for this delay. We work through applications in date order (oldest to newest) and applicants will be contacted once their housing register application...
Published: Friday 18 December 2020

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A online housing advice service for Colchester applicants to help you look at your available housing options.