Bidding for a council home
To be considered for a council home you need to 'bid' for it. This does not involve money - it simply means expressing an interest in a property and asking us to consider you for it.
Before you can bid for a property you need to register on our housing list.
Find out how to register on the housing list
How to bid
You can bid for properties in any of the following ways -
Search and bid for available properties
- by telephoning 01482 300 300 (Monday 8am to 5pm, Thursday and Friday 8am to 7pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm)
- by emailing email@example.com
- by text to 07795 563 000. Your text must start with bid (followed by a space) and then give your housing application reference number, name and the property references of the properties you wish to bid for example -
bid 509874 Mr J Bloggs, 456789, 567890, 678901
- in person at any customer service centre or information point
Find your nearest customer service centre or information point
With the exception of bids by text message, you must always give us your full name, date of birth and reference number. Please also tell us the reference numbers and addresses of the properties you wish to bid on.
Each property advert clearly states when the deadline for bidding is. Please check each advert as deadlines are not always the same, especially around public holidays. We cannot accept bids after the deadline so please make sure we receive them in time.
Find out where we advertise our available council homes
If you claim housing benefit
The government introduced new housing benefit rules from April 2013. Under the new rules, if you have more bedrooms than the government says you need and you are of working age you could lose part of your housing benefit. The new rules may expect two children to share a bedroom, depending upon their ages. It is possible that you could be affected even if you do not class yourself as having too many bedrooms for your family size. This means that you will have to make up the difference in the rent from your other income.
If you are affected by the changes, we advise that you consider this when placing your bids. If you do not think you can afford to pay anything towards your rent you should only bid for properties of a size for which you would get full housing benefit (i.e. where you would not be classed as under occupying your home).
If you are not sure whether you would be affected by the changes please seek advice from the Housing Benefits Service.
Find out more about the Housing Benefit changes.
Number of bids
The number of bids you can make depends on which priority band you are in.
- if you are in band A or band B you can make up to six bids in each advert
- if you are in bands C to E you can make up to three bids in each advert
Find out more about priority bands