We normally invite the 5 bidders with the highest priority and points to view each property.
Viewings for council properties are usually on the Tuesday after the property advert.
If we shortlist you, we will contact you on Monday (the day after the bidding closes) to invite you to view the next day.
If you bid for a council property, please make sure you are free to view it the following Tuesday.
With housing association homes, the viewing days can vary and you'll usually be given longer notice of the viewing date. The housing association will contact you directly to invite you to view the property.
Sometimes you might be in the top 5 bidders but it might not be appropriate for us to shortlist you. For example, we would not normally allow someone with a history of anti-social behaviour to view a property in a block where a lot of older people live.
Housing associations often have their own rules on the number of people who can live in their properties. In certain circumstances, we may not shortlist you for a housing association property if there are too many people in your household. Find out more about housing association bedroom standards.
If you are not in the top 5 bidders, we will not contact you directly to let you know. Check your position on the shortlist through the Home Connections website:
Usually, you don't have to accept the property at the viewing stage. Please tell the officer at the viewing if you're no longer interested.
We normally offer the property to the bidder in the highest band with the most points. If they are no longer interested it will be offered to the bidder in 2nd place and so on.
If a housing co-op or tenant management organisation manages the property, they'll interview the bidders after the viewing and decide which to offer it to. There's no guarantee they will offer it to the bidder with the highest priority.
If you're unsuccessful, you will be able to carry on bidding. If you're successful, you will be expected to move to your new home quickly.
If your bid is successful we will normally expect you to move in the following Monday. This means that you may only have a few days in which to organise your move. Please be prepared for this.
The housing association will tell you when the tenancy is due to start. They may give you more time to move, but this is still likely to be within 2 weeks. Your tenancy will still start on a Monday.
If we have some of your belongings in storage, you must arrange for these to be delivered to your new home. Contact the Housing Options Service (HOS) to arrange this - our removals company usually needs at least 2 days notice to arrange a delivery.
All permanent flats are unfurnished. You will need to find your own furniture, cooker and fridge when you move in. You can't take items from your temporary accommodation with you.
If you are a homeless applicant, we can refer you to a charitable organisation called Furnish, that will provide you with the items you need to get started in your new flat at discounted rates.
Please contact the Choice and Lettings team at HOS for a referral. You will need to provide a copy of your new tenancy agreement and will be given a referral form to take to Furnish's office.
Download the Furnish information pack (PDF, 385KB).