If you are at or near the top of the shortlist, the landlord may contact you to arrange to view the property. Sometimes they will invite one person at a time to view. Sometimes they will invite several people (for instance, the top five on the shortlist). So even if you are invited to view a home it does not necessarily mean that it will be offered to you. It will be offered to the bidder with the highest housing need who meets the property criteria and who has been waiting the longest. If that person does not want the home it will be offered to the next person on the list and so on.
If you are not successful in being offered a property, you will need to place a bid on other suitable homes. To help you see which homes and areas are more popular and to help you decide what homes to bid on, we will publish information about the housing priority of households that have successfully bid for previously advertised homes. Select the Recent Lets option above to see this information.
We won't give their personal details but you will be able to see:
By looking at this information you will see which areas and homes are more popular and see what length of time you might have to wait. The length of time it takes to be offered accommodation depends on the availability of properties, the level of your housing need and the type of property you need. If you are consistently being placed in low positions on long shortlists, this shows that you are not likely to be offered a property in the near future. You may want to explore other options, such as private rented housing.
What happens if I refuse the offer of a tenancy?
You can refuse the offer of a property if it is not suitable for your needs. However, if you consistently refuse properties that you have bid for, your local council will contact you to find out why, and to discuss your housing situation.
If you have been accepted as homeless, you must speak to a Housing Options Officer at your local council before you refuse the offer of a property, as this may affect the duty that the council has to you.