How to Bid
Available properties are advertised each week from Thursday until midnight the following Tuesday. There are no properties advertised on a Wednesday.
each property advert will provide you with information such as;
the landlord name
property location and local authority area
type of property and number of bedrooms
rent and service charges and other features for example if there is a garden or parking space, the type of heating, if pets are allowed or any minimum age restrictions
adverts will also advise if there are any restrictions or criteria you must meet on bidding such as a section 106 planning or legal requirement, a local letting initiatives, rural designations or where additional checks may be required for a sensitive let property
It is very important that you make sure that you meet the advert criteria and want to occupy the property - If you bid on a property that you are not eligible for this will be a wasted bid and you may not be considered for the property. There are also penalties if you are offered a property following a sucessful bid and you decline an offer. You may be excluded from the housing register for 12 months if you decline 3 offers or a single direct let property.
Symbols are also used to highlight key features.
for example this property has a garden this property is wheelchair adapted
this property is part of a sheltered housing scheme
Bidding or expressing an interest on an advertised property
If you want to be considered for a property being advertised then you will need make a bid. Bids are an expression of interest. You can place a bid at anytime during the advertising cycle, Thursday to Tuesday, all bids are shortlisted when the advert cycle is closed but please do make sure you meet the advert criteria or you wont be considered for the property.
You can bid on a maximum of 3 properties per week.
Bids can be placed using the following channels
- the website
the automated telephone bidding line (0300-011-2170)
Send a text message; (07537-402495)
- In person at your local partner office reception
Need any help ?
If you need help with bidding or are helping someone to bid and need advice please contact your local partner office who will be happy to provide information, support and guidance.
In certain circumstances we can offer an Auto Bid facility. This means that subject to an active application, a specified area and property type the system can make a bid on your behalf.
Not sure if you are eligible to bid, then please contact the home choice partner administering your application and our staff will be able to provide further guidance