Choice Based Lettings
When you complete a housing application you will be assessed on your needs, and told which needs ‘band’ you have been placed in.
Empty properties are advertised on the Home4U website, in the same way as estate agents’ information. You tell us which properties interest you by making a ‘bid’.
How does it work?
Properties are advertised weekly on the Home4U website. If you find this difficult to use you can ask in any of our or our partners’ offices for assistance as we provide access to the website, or request a free sheet with details of the properties.
When you see a property you like which is the right size for you and meets your specific housing needs you place a ‘bid’. You can do this through the website, by email, by telephone, or by calling in at one of our or our partners’ offices. You can bid for up to 3 properties each week.
Once ‘bidding’ closes, the top three applicants will be offered the chance to view the property and the applicant with the highest priority will be offered the property.
Although homes will still go to those with the greatest need, it will depend on who else has bid for that property, rather than who is top of the housing register. Choice Based Lettings also means that lower priority applicants may be more successful with those properties in lower demand.
A few of the properties may be available only to people with a local connection to an area, usually a village. This is because of restrictions placed on them by the local authority when they were built, known as Section 106 Agreements. For more details of the properties affected read our guide to Section 106 agreements.
For further details see the Home4U user guide.