Choiced Based Lettings

Choiced Based Lettings

In 2001, the Government changed the way that social housing is allocated.  In the majority of areas, the old points based allocations systems have been replaced by a Choice Based Lettings system which gives applicants more choice over the property they will be allocated. However, there are some Local Authorities that do not have a scheme in place so still use a points based system.

How it Works
  • You apply to the Choice Based Lettings system or Local Authority provider for your area, either online, or through a paper application.  A full list of areas and current Choice Based Letting systems is included below for your reference.
  • Once your application has been approved, you will receive a bidding reference which you will be able to use to bid for available properties. You will also receive a banding priority based on your housing need.
  • All available properties will be listed online and in some council and housing association offices and in property magazines for one or two weeks. During this time, potential customers can bid for properties they are eligible for. You will be able to make up to 3 bids on different properties at any given time.
  • Once you have bid for a property, the scheme will make a list of everyone who has placed a bid, then decide who has the highest priority. Your priority for housing is decided by what band you are in. The successful bidder will be then be contacted by either the local authority or the relevant landlord.