Bidding for homes
If you are on the housing list you
can bid (apply) to rent one of the properties that we advertise.
You must register your interest in a home with us to be considered
We advertise every home that becomes available to let.
Information about available homes can be found:
How to bid
You can bid for the advertised properties you want by:
- lodging a bid for properties at the Tower Hamlets
homeseekers website, or
- using our automated telephone line on 0845 270 2400 which is
available in Bengali, Somali, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Urdu as
well as English.
Calls cost 10p per minute plus your phone company's access
charge. You can also bid online at Tower Hamlets Homeseekers:
at no cost. If you do not have internet access at home, you
can use computers available at the One Stop Shops and Idea Stores,
free of charge, to search for suitable homes and place
You can also withdraw bids if you change your mind by using the
website or telephone bidding systems.
What happens once I have made a bid?
- When bidding for a property has closed, we draw up a list of
all the bids received and sort them according to the priority for
housing based on the needs outlined in the Tower Hamlets Allocation scheme.
- We will make our decision about which applicant should be
offered the property, and contact them to arrange a property
- Due to the vast number of bids we receive per property, we are
unable to contact unsuccessful bidders
- You will improve your prospects for being successful if you
widen the choice of properties you bid for each week.
What happens if I am offered a
If you are offered a property:
- We will make checks to ensure that your circumstances haven't
changed, e.g. you are not in rent arrears, the members of your
family have not moved
- You will have an opportunity to view the property and decide
whether you want to accept it. You are expected to make a decision
as soon as possible, but normally no later than the day after you
view the property
- If you view a property on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday you will
usually be expected to move in to it on the following Monday. If
you view the property on Thursday or Friday, you will usually be
expected to move in on the second Monday after the viewing.
You may be asked to view a property that is not yet ready to
move in to. If this happens we will tell you when you can expect to
move in to it.
Is there any penalty if I refuse or not turn up to view an
If you do not attend a viewing, this will be taken as you having
refused the property unless there are very good reasons why you
could not turn up AND you could not tell us beforehand. You must
tell us if you are not able or not prepared to attend a viewing,
giving at least 24 hours’ notice.
Different rules apply if you are registered with the
Homeless Service. If you do not view a property you could
lose the temporary accommodation homeless services have provided
for you and in this situation you may not be entitled to any more
help from the council with your housing, in which case you may need
to sort your own accommodation. Please
contact your homeless team for more information.
If you are offered a home as an emergency case
on medical grounds and refuse the offer unreasonably, your priority
will be withdrawn and you will be placed in Band 1 Group B as a
priority medical case.
If your application is in priority social
category Group A or B, or a priority target group in Band 1 Group B
and you refuse an offer unreasonably, your priority will be
withdrawn. If you are in Band 1 Group B as a priority medical
case and you refuse an offer, your case may be reviewed and
consideration given to withdrawing your priority.
You can ask us to review the decision to withdraw any priority
award. We will consider every review on its
merits. Please see the allocations scheme
appendix 3 – right of review, for more
What happens if I refuse three offers?
You should only bid for properties that you wish to accept the
tenancy on if offered. If you refuse a home that is offered to you
a 12 month demotion to the bottom of the band your application is
currently in will be enforced upon refusal of a third offer. This
rule came into effect on October 17 2013. In addition, this
penalty will be repeated every time you refuse a subsequent
For more information please take a look at the allocation
scheme (PDF, 484kb).
For all other information contact:
Lettings customer services team
Tel: 020 7364 2060