Bid for a home . Hull City Council

Bid for a home.

Bid for a home. Hull City Council.

Bid for a home in Hull using  Home search.

How to bid

You need to be registered on our housing list (Homesearch) to bid for properties.

More information on registering for Homesearch

You can bid for properties –

  • online with your Homesearch reference number to log on
  • by email to hull.homesearch@hullcc.gov.uk
    Include your application reference number, your name, date of birth and the details of the properties (reference numbers and addresses) you want to bid for
  • by text 07795 563 000 you must start with bid (followed by a space) and provide your housing application reference number, name and the property references of the properties you wish to bid on
  • in person at one of our customer service centres. You can also place your bids online using public computers in the customer service centres and libraries
    Find your nearest customer service centre
  • by telephoning 01482 300 300

Our online bidding page is currently showing a different format to usual but you are still able to bid using this page. You need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to log on as normal.

How to access. Bid for a home. Hull Home search

We advise you to connect to Housing Self Service using Internet Explorer. The first time you access this there may be a delay. You may experience ongoing problems via Google Chrome or Firefox.

 

Number of bids .

Bid for a home.Home search

The number of bids you can make in each advert depends on which priority band you are in. If you are in band –

  •   A or B you can make up to three bids
  •   C, D or E you can make up to two bids

If you bid for a property that is not owned by us you are agreeing for us to share your details with the landlord of that property (the property advert will state who the landlord is).

Weekly adverts. Bid for a home. Hull Home search

Adverts are published weekly on a Thursday morning and bidding closes the following Monday at 5pm. This may change across public holidays or when we need to carry out essential system maintenance.

We expect a high volume of people using the website on Thursdays when bidding opens. If you have any problems placing bids on Thursdays please be aware that it is not a first come first served process and you have until bidding closes to place your bids.

Access our list of available properties to bid for

You need to scroll to the bottom of the page and select browse all available properties.

Choosing your bids & refusing offers

It is very important that you choose your bids carefully and only bid for properties that you are eligible for and would accept if offered.

If you refuse two offers of accommodation within a six month period your housing application will be frozen for six months.

You will not be able to bid whilst your application is frozen.

Property information

We provide basic property information and where possible a photograph of the property available for bidding.

We do not give the exact address because the property may still have a tenant living in it or have works being carried out to it.

You must not ask the tenant, their neighbours or any operatives who may be at the property if you can look around the property.

You will be invited to view the property if you are the successful bidder.

Eligibility criteria

These are the rules we have about who we consider for different property types.

We do not consider bids you make for properties you are not eligible for so please bid carefully.

Find out more about our property eligibility criteria

Placing a bid

When bidding is open there are three search icons at the bottom of the page

To bid for a property you must add it to your basket.

Once you have added all of your bids to your basket you need to confirm them or they are not  placed.

Make sure you allow enough time to place your bids before the 5pm deadline.

Any bids received after the deadline will not be considered.

Assisted bidding

If you are not able to bid yourself and do not have anyone to help you we offer an assisted bidding service.

We agree with you in advance the areas and property types you would like to be considered for and bid on your behalf when a matching property is advertised.

After bidding has closed

We will cotact the successful bidder as soon as possible after bidding closes (usually within a couple of days).

You should assume you have not been successful if you do not hear anything from us after bidding has closed.

Find out about what happens when you are the successful bidder 

You can apply for a home through our Homesearch Scheme. To register on our housing list you need to complete an application form and provide proof of your circumstances. Once the form has been processed you can bid for properties (bidding does not involve any money, you are just showing your interest in a property).

How to register

You must fill in a Homesearch application form and provide all of the relevant documentary evidence (proof) of your circumstances.  The application form tells you what we need proof of. You must make sure you provide all the proofs we need. If we do not receive all of the proofs we may not be able to process your application or award you the correct priority for your circumstances.

 

 

Alternatively you can collect a form from one of our customer service centres or information points.

Find your nearest customer service centre or information point

Who can be on our housing list

ONE You must be 16 or over to apply to be on our housing list.

TWO You may not be eligible if –

  • you are from abroad (even if you’re a British Citizen)
  • have been found guilty of unacceptable behaviour and we believe this makes you unsuitable to be a council tenant

If we decide you cannot be added to our housing list, or we disqualify you from it, we notify you and tell you how to appeal if you do not agree with our decision.

Find out more about our allocations policy

 What happens next

Once your application has been registered we write to you with –

  • your reference number (also called your bidding number)
  • the level of priority you have been awarded
  • what your household type is (for example if you are a single person or a family with one child, and so on)

This information determines the type of properties you can be considered for and how likely you are to be offered one, so you must check it carefully and contact us if you do not think it is correct. When you have received this you can start bidding.

Other housing options

There is high demand for our homes so we are unable to offer everyone on our housing list a property. You may wish to consider other housing options such as private rented accommodation or housing associations.

Changes in your circumstances

Once you are registered on the housing list it is your responsibility to inform us if any of your household circumstances change.  You should also make sure we always have your up to date contact details so that we can contact you if you are being considered for an offer of a property.  Failure to advise us of any changes in youor circumstances could result in us not being able to make you an offer of a property.

If you would like to know how much benefit you may be able to receive or help with budgeting, visit our benefit calcular and budgeting tools

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