How to bid for a property, and what will happen once you have bid
What can I bid for?
You need to be on our housing register to be able to bid for available properties. You'll only be able to bid on properties that match your requirements. For example, some housing is only available to those over 60. You won't be able to bid for a bungalow if you're aged under 60, and have no proven medical need for ground floor accommodation.
All available properties will appear on our online system.
Our bidding cycle runs every Wednesday, until the following Monday at midday. You'll need to register your bids when the cycle is open.
To bid online you'll need:
- your registration user ID number
- your password
What happens next?
Once the bidding cycle closes, we allocate the property to the person with the highest band, and the earliest 'relevant date'. The' relevant date' is normally the date you first registered, or the date when your priority band changed.
If you're successful, you'll see this by logging into your account using your user ID and pin (password). You'll see 'short listed' appear against the property. Any other bids you've made will show as 'under consideration'. This means that someone else has been nominated, and the words 'under consideration' will remain until the property has been let.
Following a successful bid, you must respond to the landlord when they contact you. If you don't, we may think that you're no longer interested in housing, and cancel your application. So you can be contacted, please ensure you update your Homechoice application form with any change in your email address or contact numbers.
Please note, your application may be cancelled if you don't login to your account at least every six months.