Homespot is our choice based way of letting homes.
Our latest newsletter is available for download below:
- Homespot newsletter
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How to apply
To apply for a council house, you will need to fill out an application form:
- Homespot Application Form
After we have assessed your application, we will send you a letter to tell you:
- what priority you have been awarded (Band 1, 2, 3 or 4) and
- what applicant group you are in (Home Seeker, Home Mover or Home Starter)
We advertise our available homes to let and update them every Wednesday. You decide which you wish to bid on.
You can usually only bid for properties advertised for your applicant group. For example, Home Seekers can only apply for properties advertised for Home Seekers. The same applies to Home Movers and Home Starters.
Some properties will be advertised for "All Groups", and all applicants can bid for these.
Properties that have been adapted for specific needs will be advertised as "Adapted" properties. Applicants with a medical recommendation and have an "M" on their Band of priority ie Band 1M or Band 3M can bid for these properties.
Details of how to apply and further information can be found in our frequently asked questions page.
Changes to Homespot
Some changes have been introduced to Homespot with effect from 01 April 2015.
The Council consulted on proposed changes to the Allocations Policy during the summer of 2014 and changes to Homespot were agreed in a report that was considered by the Executive on 13 January 2015.
Letting quotas for Home Seekers, Home Movers and Home Starters
Letting quotas will be changed to reflect the reduction in the number of Home Seekers (applicant with homelessness priority) over recent years.
General needs properties will be sequenced equally between Home Seekers, Home Movers and Home Starters applicants with each applicant group receiving a third of lets.
Where an applicant has been awarded priority because they have "Exceptional Circumstances" the applicant will be directly matched to a property rather than bid for properties through Homespot.
The appeals process will be reduced from 3 stages to 2 stages which will bring the process in line with the Council's complaints procedure.
For more information please contact your local Neighbourhood Office/One Stop Shop.