Bidding for Homes - Sussex Homemove
About Sussex Homemove - choice-based lettings
We use a 'choice-based letting' scheme called Homemove (external link).
Homemove is the lettings scheme for council and housing association homes in Adur, Arun, Brighton & Hove, Chichester, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Mid Sussex, Rother, Wealden and Worthing, giving you more choice about where you want to live.
You can use homemove if you are an existing tenant seeking a transfer within your council's area or a home seeker applying for the first time. The scheme covers all the available council and housing association homes, including sheltered housing.
Rather than the Council allocating properties, the scheme enables tenants and new housing applicants, to bid by registering an interest for the properties they are interested in.
Once we send you your 'homemove number', you can login to the Homemove (external link) website and view the available homes you are eligible for.
Applicants who are considered vulnerable, or don't have internet access can sign up for a personalised property list called My Homemove, which lists the properties available that applicants may be eligible to bid for. More information about .
Once you find a property that you like and are eligible for, you can make a bid for it.
Bidding for a property
You can bid for a property through the Homemove (external link) website, over the phone, by text message or by using the special coupons we send you.
Applicants with support needs and those who have difficulty with written English will be supported by the Housing Options Team, an appointed support provider or a translator.
You can bid for up to three properties every fortnight.
All bids for a property are checked against the eligibility rules, for example any age restrictions or size of property. Ineligible bids are excluded from consideration. We will provide advice and support to applicants who regularly bid for properties they are not eligible for.
More information about bidding for homes can be found in section 8 of our Allocations Policy 2015 (pdf).
Getting help with bidding
You can ask a member of staff to bid or on your behalf or get extra support by contacting the Housing Options Team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Successful bids - Being offered a property
Once bidding is closed the Council contacts those at the top of the shortlist to offer the property.
If your bid is successful and you are offered a property, we will contact you to arrange a viewing. You can decide to accept or refuse the offer.
We will publish feedback about the number of bids for each property and the band of the successful bidders so that applicants can assess for themselves the availability of accommodation in their preferred areas.
Refusing an offer
If your bid is successful and an offer is made, you can refuse the property. However, if you have refused three offers of accommodation, your application will be placed in Band D for six months. More details about direct lettings can be found in section 10 of our Allocations Policy (Linked above).
The Council needs to retain some flexibility to deal with exceptional circumstances. At the discretion of the Head of Housing, the Council may allocate properties directly, without advertising through homemove. More details about direct lettings can be found in section 10 of our Allocations Policy (linked Above).
Other Housing Options
We aim to help applicants explore their housing options. Wherever possible we aim to prevent applicants becoming homeless by liaising with landlords and parents where it is appropriate. Due to the extreme lack of social housing vacancies within the District we are encouraging applicants to find alternative accommodation in the private rented sector. We offer the Wealden Deposit Guarantee Scheme and, in some cases, we are able to lend the applicant the deposit and rent in advance to secure the accommodation. Information on housing stock (Council and Housing Association) and allocations:
- Housing Stock and Allocation Sheet by Parish 2014-15 (pdf)
- Housing Stock and Allocation Sheet Summary 2014-15 (pdf)
For housing advice and options, contact one of the Housing Options team using the contact details below.
Contact Form: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01323 443380 or 01323 443322
Fax: 01323 443349
Wealden District Council,