When bidding closes, the bids received for each property are ranked according to their priority. The top bidder is usually offered the property, provided they meet the criteria.
It is important to note that it is still the responsibility of the Council to make a final judgment on whether or not it is appropriate to allocate a certain property to a particular applicant. Therefore, being the top bidder does not automatically guarantee that the property is offered to the applicant.
The offer depends on your housing need and your current housing situation.
You can find out the final position of all your bids by logging on to this website.
Before you are offered a property you will be expected to provide documents to support the information you have provided in your application - click here to see a list of documents needed.
If you or someone on your behalf, cannot present the original documents within two working days at the Civic Offices in Grays, you will be bypassed – therefore it is important to get all your supporting documents together when you are getting close to the top of the bidding lists.
Provided the documents are correct, an offer can be made.
Once you have been offered a property, arrangements will be made for you to view it with a member of the council’s housing staff. It may be several days before these arrangements are made but someone will contact you to make arrangements
Sometimes arrangements will be made for the top 3 bidders to view the property at the same time – this is called a multiple viewing. If this is the case you will be advised before you go to see the property.
If you attend the viewing and are offered the property you will need to pay four-weeks rent in advance unless you already receive housing benefit or can show that you would be entitled to receive the benefit. If you cannot pay this you will not be able to sign up for the tenancy and this will be counted as a refusal. The advance money will need to be paid by debit or credit card at the viewing – cash cannot be taken. If this will be a problem please discuss with the officer who arranges the viewing with you before the viewing date.
For more information about your entitlement to benefits please visit www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser
It is essential, therefore, that you make sure you have a debit or credit card with available funds for use at the viewing.
If you accept the offer and pay the required sum in advance, a tenancy agreement will be signed with an agreed tenancy start date. This is usually the Monday following the viewing but a reasonable period of time will be allowed for you to move in.
The tenancy agreement is a legally binding contract.