What properties can I bid for?
What can I bid for?
Your welcome letter will tell you how many bedrooms you are entitled to in the local authority area where you have applied for housing. Each of the Councils and Housing Associations may have slightly different eligibility rules for the number of bedrooms and type of property you are allowed, depending on their housing stock.
In what areas can I bid for properties?
• You can bid for properties in the Council or Housing Association area that you are registered in.
• You can also bid for properties in any other local authority areas so long as you have a recorded local connection. This could be if you work, have relatives or have lived in the area before. Please contact the Council or Housing Association that manages your application if you think you should have a local connection to other areas.
• You can bid for properties advertised in the cross-partner section. Each Council or Housing Association puts 10% of its available properties into this section. Look in this section if you are interested in living in other parts of the sub-region.
When you bid for properties in the cross-partner section, you can bid for any property so long as:
• Your household size fits within the minimum and maximum person range for that property. For example if you have 3 people in your household and the advert says 3-5 people can live in the property you could bid for it.
• You have read the advert description and match any requirements.
Is the property available to homeseekers/ transfers or both?
Most properties will be available for both homeseekers and transferring tenants, but a proportion will be advertised as available to transferring tenants only. Your bid will not count if, for example, the property is advertised for a transferring tenant only and you are a homeseeker.
How many properties can I bid for each bidding cycle?
You can bid for up to three properties each cycle. If you place over three bids, it is only the last three bids you make that will be registered.
Is there an age restriction?
Some properties have a minimum age requirement; any age restrictions will be clearly stated in the advertisement.
Who can bid for sheltered housing?
Property in schemes designated as sheltered housing will only be available to applicants who require the level of support offered in this type of accommodation. Sheltered housing is usually available for people aged 60 or over. For more information about sheltered housing, please contact your local Council or Housing Association.
Some properties have a mobility sign
This is intended to provide a guide to people who have various levels of mobility needs. This does not restrict anyone else from bidding for these properties but the advert will often say that priority will be given to applicants with mobility needs.
Most landlords will not allow you to keep a dog or a cat unless the property has its own garden. The property advert will say if pets are allowed.
Before you bid for a property:
Check out the location of the property on a map to make sure it’s really a place you would consider moving to and make sure you meet the criteria stated on the advert. Remember that the number of people waiting to be housed is significantly greater then the number of properties advertised each fortnight.
Circumstances where you may not be invited to view a property
• You are in rent arrears
• You have been involved in anti-social behaviour
• You have enough money or income to afford a property in the private sector
You can ask your local Council or Housing Association if any of these circumstances apply to you.
For full details of each partners’ Lettings Policy, please contact the relevant Council or Housing Association.