How do I bid for properties?
Once your application has been assessed you can start bidding for properties.
Bidding allows you to show your interest in an available property alongside other people on the Housing Register. The band you are in and the date you were assessed into the band will determine how successful you are.
There are three ways to bid for property:
- Online using this website
- By phone (the line is open 24 hours a day)
- At a Citizen Service Point
Properties that are available to bid on are advertised on a weekly cycle starting from midnight on Tuesday morning and ending the following Sunday at 11:59pm and can be viewed on the HomeChoice website.
What happens to my bid?
All bids on a property are automatically put in priority order (based on band and effective date) on the property shortlist. Once the advertising cycle has closed, the landlord will review the shortlist.
Applicants at the top of this shortlist will normally be offered the property and will be given a chance to view it.
However, if the property has been adapted for people with disabilities, the landlord will try to allocate it to the person who it will benefit the most. This may not be the person at the top of the list.
If you have been overlooked (skipped) for a property, the landlord will have stated the reason for this, which you will be able to see when you log into your account.
What is a direct offer?
You may notice that some of the properties listed on the site are under direct offer. A direct offer is where the landlord has offered the property directly to the applicant without having to go through the bidding process. Properties under direct offer are not available to applicants.
Read the HomeChoice Bristol Allocation Scheme for more information on direct offers.
What does "Average number of bids by property type" mean?
This tells you how many other people placed a bid for that property type, giving you an indication of the demand for the property.