You will need to have your Application Reference Number ready. If you have not yet applied for housing with us, and so do not yet have an Application Reference Number, please go to Find A Home instead.
If this is the first time you have ever bid, please read "Top Tips For Bidding" and "What Is Bidding?", which you will find on the lower part of this page. Otherwise please click the below link to see the homes we have availble for bidding this week.
Top Tips For Bidding
*Please note, you must only bid for properties you want to be offered - refusing properties you have bid for may affect your application*
Before you place any bids, please ensure that the homes you bid on;
- Are the correct size for your needs
- Are in an area where you wish to live
- Are on a suitable floor level (if they are flats)
- Do not have an age restriction that would exclude you
- Make sure you have read the conditions for each property
- Do not have Adaptations that you do not require
We offer properties on social rent and affordable rent, which is slightly higher. You must make sure you can afford the rent on any property you bid for, and be aware of the Wefare Reform that came into effect in April 2013.
If you want help with budgeting, furnishing your home, dealing with your neighbours, your rights and responsibilities or any other tenancy issue please see Key 2 Tenancy Skills.
If you are applying for a First Choice Homes Oldham property, please read our information guides about our Tenancy Eligibility Policy and Provisional Offer Interviews:
Do you receive benefits, including Housing Benefit? If so, you may be about to lose money. Read more on our Welfare Reform page.
What Is Bidding?
Every Thursday new homes are made available. You have up until the following Wednesday morning to make your bids.
Please do not rush to make your bids on Thursdays.
Your bids will be given the same priority regardless of when you make them. You can bid for up to 3 homes each week and it does not cost you any money to bid. We will let you know within 2 weeks if your bid has been successful.
If your bid has been successful you will be given an opportunity to view the home. If you decide that you are no longer interested, you must contact us as soon as possible. Failure to do this may result in your housing application being cancelled. If you decide that you definitely want the home we will arrange the signup.
When bidding you will notice that many homes are listed as “Open Door” or “Working Extra”. Open Door homes are allocated to the bidder who applied for housing first. Working Extra homes are only allocated to bidders who have been doing any of the following for the previous 6 months;
- Working at least 16 hours a week
- Volunteering for at least 4 hours a week
- Doing work related training
- Caring for a household member (as a registered carer)
If you are unsure about any aspect of the bidding process, please contact us.