Applicants can access their application and bid for properties online.
An applicant will be able to bid for up to three properties per cycle, providing they are eligible for them.
The majority of bids will be made directly by applicants, however in certain circumstances the following may apply:
This is where an applicant may need help with the bidding process and a third party has not been identified to assist them. The council will take responsibility in assisting the applicant to make bids. The applicant is not obliged to accept any bids made through assisted bidding.
This is where the council will bid on behalf of the applicant. If an applicant refuses a reasonable offer of accommodation, their priority may be changed. Examples of this include:
- A homeless applicant where the main housing duty has been accepted, who is outside the 'time limited' bidding.
- An applicant who is a statutory successor and the property is too large for their needs.
- A household that has been given very high priority in the banding scheme because they have an urgent need to move, such as severe harassment or a severe risk of violence.
Some applicants will be marked as 'approved'. This means that the applicant can bid for properties themselves, but that certain restrictions may be placed on where they can live or the property type they can be offered. For example, an applicant who has a history of offending behaviour and we do not want them to live near their victim(s). In these cases their bid will need to be approved before an offer will be made.
Time limited bidding
Some applicants will be subject to time limited bidding. This means applicants will be given a time frame for how long they can bid before 'active' bidding (as described above) will be introduced. Each case will be considered on its own merits and in certain circumstances the original time frame may be extended - for instance because a suitable property has not become available. Examples of where time limited bidding will apply include:
- A statutory homeless applicant, where the main rehousing duty has been accepted. During the time limited period allocated to homeless households, if they make a successful bid and the accommodation is suitable; this will be their final offer. A refusal of suitable accommodation will result in a discharge of the council's duty.
- An applicant who has been given a higher priority band due to an urgent need to move, such as domestic violence or harassment.
- A statutory successor, who is living in accommodation unsuitable for their needs.
- An applicant who has been placed in a higher priority Band as a result of an agreed quota scheme.
These bids will be monitored and if applicants are not bidding appropriately the additional priority would need to be reconsidered.