Once you have been accepted on the housing register, you can find help on how to bid on the please look at How to use the service. You can bid online at home if you have access to a computer or smartphone. You can only bid if you have an Active application. If you are bidding and receive a request for verification documentation as part of our shortlisting process, this is not a guarantee that you will be offered the property. At the shortlisting stage we are verifying your documentation along with your application. If we are going to offer you a property, we will contact you again with confirmation of your successful bid.
I’ve submitted an application for Moving with Dacorum, why can’t I bid?
- After you have completed your application, it is assessed by the Council’s Housing Needs Team.
- We check that you are eligible for social housing and meet all the requirements of a need for housing in Dacorum, according to our Housing Allocations Policy.
- When we have completed the assessment of your application we will let you know the outcome.
- If you are accepted onto our housing resister, you can start bidding.
Do I have to bid on all eligible properties to stay active?
- No, please only bid on properties that you wish to move to.
I was at the top of the list but wasn’t successful, why did this home go to someone with fewer points?
- This happens for several reasons, for example where an applicant with fewer points has a local connection to a village.
- Where an applicant applies for supported housing and is aged 60+ but you have not yet reached that age.
How often do I have to check for advertised properties?
- General Needs properties can be added to the website throughout the day Monday to Friday, so you should check the website at least every two days to ensure that you see all properties available.
- Supported Housing properties are advertised on a weekly cycle. Adverts will be live for a minimum of five days, from one minute to midnight on a Wednesday until one minute to midnight on the following Monday.
What information can I find in the property adverts?
- The adverts will tell you the landlord, location, number of bedrooms, rent and other features of the property.
- Where available, the advert will show a photograph of the property or a similar house type.
- There will be some basic information about the local area and facilities.
- The advert will also tell you if there are any special conditions that the applicant must meet, such as age requirements.
- It also tells you the number of bedrooms that applicants applying for the property need to be entitled to.
- If your bedroom entitlement is different to what is advertised, you will not be able to bid for that property.
Will I know how many other people are interested in the same property?
- Yes, when you bid for a property you can see where you are in the queue. However, this is likely to change whenever other people bid for the same property.
Does it matter when I bid on a property?
- Being the first person to place a bid doesn't make you any more or less likely to be successful.
- It does not matter if you place your bid as soon as the cycle starts or just before it ends.
- Your finishing position will still be the same, however this is only an indication of your position and can change, because it can take several hours for the system to update any last-minute bids before the advert closed.
- It makes no difference when in the bidding cycle for a property you place your bid, but active bidders are more likely to find a suitable home.
- We do not allocate properties based on who placed the bid first – it’s all about your number of points. In the event that two bidders have equal points, the applicant who has been on the register longest will be offered the property first.
Can someone bid on my behalf?
- If you need help with bidding or would like someone else to bid on your behalf, you should let us know.
- A baby will not be considered part of the household until they are born, so the Council doesn’t allocate an extra bedroom based on pregnancy. However, some Registered Providers you can apply for a two-bed home with evidence of a Matb1 form.