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Choice Based Lettings - All about bidding

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How do I find out what properties are available?

Properties are advertised every two weeks on the Sussex Homemove website.

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How do I bid for properties?

You can bid on the Sussex Homemove website, or by telephone, text or coupon. Alternatively, you can contact us if you need help to bid.

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What properties can I bid for?

You can bid for properties that are suitable for your housing needs, for example, properties with the correct number of bedrooms for your family size.

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When can I bid for properties?

You can bid for properties on a fortnightly basis. When properties are advertised, you are told the closing date for bids to be received.

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How many bids can I make?

You can bid for up to three properties in each two weekly cycle.

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How much does it cost to make a bid?

'Bidding' is the term used when you are telling us the properties you are interested in. There is no money involved in the bidding process so you do not have to pay to bid.

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How are bids prioritised?

Bids are sorted into a priority order by Band, Local Connection and Priority Date.

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What happens after I have bid for a property?

You will be contacted if you are at the top of a list for a property and invited to view the property. Sometimes the top two or three people may be asked to view a property in case the first person refuses it. After you have viewed the property you will usually be offered the tenancy and asked whether you want to accept the property. If you refuse the property, you can usually carry on bidding for alternative properties. Each application is dealt with based on individual circumstances so this is a general guide only.

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Will I be told if my bid is not successful?

No. However, information is published about properties that have been let. This information tells you which Band the successful applicant was in, their priority date and how many bids were received for the property.

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What happens if I have rent arrears or have been involved in anti-social behaviour or have breached my tenancy conditions?

You can still bid for properties but even if you at the top of a list for a property you have bid on you may not be offered that property (unless there are exceptional circumstances). It is important that you pay your rent and keep to your tenancy conditions if you want to move.

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