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Bid for a council or housing association property

COVID-19 - Housing applications

We are receiving substantially higher volumes of housing applications than normal at the present time and we have a large backlog.

At present, we are assessing applicants’ housing needs for admission to the Housing Register as quickly as practicable, however we currently have a 3-month backlog of social housing applications.

To help us to catch up whilst the pandemic continues, please refrain from:

  • Chasing your housing needs application unless you are threatened with homelessness, in which case, email: hoptions@swindon.gov.uk
  • Contacting the council and its housing association partners about your bids for homes. If you are successful, you will hear from the relevant lettings team.

You can make a bid for a council-owned or housing association property. We used to refer to this as your Homebid application. 

You cannot bid if you have not:

After receiving your eligibility letter, you can register to bid through your 'My Housing Tenancy' online account. This will allow you to search the properties that are available to rent and bid for one that meets your housing needs.

We advertise properties on a weekly cycle. A new batch of properties becomes available at 10.00am on Thursdays. You can bid for one of these properties until midnight on the following Tuesday. We use Wednesdays to start allocating the properties, and then a new cycle of bidding begins at midnight.

You can search properties online when you enter your account. You can place your bid on a property you like. You can move your bid during the bidding cycle.

Before you bid, you should visit the area of the property and be sure you would like to live there. You should also read our tips for bidding for a council-owned or housing association property.

Register and bid for a property for the first time

Sign in and bid for a property

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