The aim of Choice based lettings (CBL) is to give housing applicants a greater choice over where they live. Empty properties are advertised and let through the Home4U scheme.
Housing applicants can express an interest in (or ‘bid’ for) properties which meet their needs, so a single person can bid for a studio or one bedroom property, while families can bid for larger homes. The applicant bidding with the highest priority will normally be offered the property.
How the scheme works
Empty properties are advertised weekly, from Friday. Applicants have until the following Wednesday at 2pm to bid for up to three properties which meet their needs.
Further information on how to bid can be found in the Info4U user guide at Home4U.
The top few bidding applicants with the highest priority will view the property, and the applicant with the highest priority will normally be offered the property.
CBL is a more open and accessible way of allocating the same number of properties and gives people more choice about where they live. Housing is still allocated to those in greatest need, but lower priority applicants may be successful with lower demand properties.
Only applicants registered on the Common Housing Register are able to bid for properties in North Hertfordshire.