Register for housing
HOUSING OPTIONS DROP IN SERVICE - CANCELLED 1st - 19th February 2018
Please be advised that between 1st and 19th FEBRUARY the Housing Options Team will not be running any drop in sessions due to our interview rooms not being available because of ongoing building works.
If you need to provide information and to have it copied our reception team will try to help you with this.
If you need advice we would ask that you contact us by telephone and if necessary an appointment will be made for you to come into the offices at a designated time.
We apologise for this disruption. Drop in sessions will resume again on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 2.30pm.
Homeseeker Plus is a choice based letting scheme which allows you to apply for housing association properties in the District directly.
Prospective and existing tenants are banded according to their individual needs, in line with our housing policy, and can register an interest - known as ‘bidding’ - for the properties suited to their circumstances.
Available housing association properties will be listed online on Wednesdays from midday and those registered can bid for a property anytime up until midnight on the following Tuesday.
Register now for Homeseeker Plus
- It takes about 30 minutes to register
- Your registration form will be acknowledged within 10 working days
- Registering for this scheme does not guarantee that you will be offered housing
Register for Homeseeker Plus
Assessment and banding
Once registered, your application will be assessed and you will be placed into a band according to your housing circumstances. Depending on your circumstances, some of these bands will be time limited. More details about banding can be found in the HomeseekerPlus policy.
We will let you know what band you are in and why and what size home you can bid for. This assessment will be in line with our housing policy.
Bidding for homes you like
There is no money involved in bidding. You are just expressing an interest in a property.
All available housing association properties in Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire will be advertised online weekly and you can bid for a property anytime during that week.
Property details will include the number of bedrooms, rent amount, who the landlord is, and if any restrictions apply, for example, if you need a local connection to a specific area.
You can only bid for properties where you match what the advert asks for so, for example, if a minimum age is given and you are below this age you will not be able to bid.
You can bid for up to three homes each week.
Bid for properties on Homeseeker Plus
Selecting who gets the property
After the bidding cycle closes, the shortlist will be reviewed and the property will be allocated to one of the applicants. This will be based on:
- Their eligibility for the property
- Their band
- How long they have been waiting for a property
If your bid is successful
The housing association will contact you to discuss the property and arrange when you can go and view it. You can decide to accept or refuse the offer when you view the property.
If you continually refuse properties then your application may be reviewed.
NOTE: We will not contact you if your bid is unsuccessful.
Your housing application
You will be able to view the outcome of any bids you make on the Homeseekers Plus website.
General feedback on homes that have been let will be published, including the number of bids received on each property, the band of the successful applicant and how long they have waited for a property.
You may find this information helpful when deciding which homes to bid for in the future as it can give you a good idea of how popular a particular property or area is, or if you are likely to have a successful bid or if you should consider other housing options instead