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Step 2 - Bidding

Available properties are advertised on this website; in the Compass newsletter; and at the partners housing offices and property shops every week.  This is called an 'advertising cycle' or ‘bidding cycle.’ 

The cycle opens at 00.01hrs every Thursday morning and closes on the following Tuesday at midnight.  You will not be able to bid for properties on a Wednesday.  The length of the cycle may be extended during the holiday periods, such as Easter and Christmas.

You can see our latest properties by going to property search or by contacting any of the partner organisation's housing offices or property shops.

The property adverts tell you the name of the landlord; the location of the property; the number of bedrooms; the weekly rent and other features of the property to help you decide which properties are right for you. 

The advert also tells you if there are any special requirements that you must meet, such as the band that will be given preference or if there are any age restrictions.  A photograph of the property or a similar house type is usually included in the advert.

Properties will be advertised during the notice period.  This means that the current tenant has given notice of their intention to leave the property within a certain time period. If a property is advertised in these circumstances, the advert will clearly state this, in the event the current tenant decides to change their mind and withdraw the notice, meaning the property will no longer be available.

Some properties will be advertised whilst they are undergoing repairs.  This means that if you are successful in bidding for a property, you may have to wait until the repairs are complete before you can move in.  You will usually be asked to view the property when the repairs are complete.

Bidding for a Property

If you want to be considered for a property you must bid for it.  This is your way of telling us that you would like to live in the property.  You can bid for up to 3 properties in each advertising cycle.

You should think carefully before placing a bid, to make sure that the property is right for you i.e. the type of property and location are what you are looking for and that it meets the needs of all your family members. This is because we do not want you to waste your time in placing bids or viewing properties that are not ideally suited to you.

You can only bid for properties for which you are eligible.  The advert will state the type of household that will be considered, such as those that meet a specific age requirement or a particular band.  You will be unable to bid for a property if you do not match the description stated on the advert.

You will need to have your username and password to hand when making a bid online.

You can bid for properties:

  • online through this website
  • by visiting or telephoning your housing options centre or local housing office (details can be found on the Contact Us page) 
  • by completing and returning a bidding coupon
  • by e mailing the partner organisation to which you have applied (also noted on the Contact Us page).

Erimus Housing/Tees Valley Housing and Tristar Homes offer a DigiTV service which includes the facility to view properties and place bids using your TV remote control.

Please see how this works by clicking on this link:

If you are assessed as vulnerable and in need of additional support, we can arrange for your bids to be placed automatically, known as Automated bids.

You will be notified of your queue position when you bid for a property, together with the number of bids already placed. Your queue position may change during the advertising cycle as more people make their bids or withdraw them.  You can check your queue position at any time whilst the cycle is open and if you think that you won’t be successful in qualifying for the property, you can withdraw your bid and place it against another property.

Please note that automated bids are not applied until after the bidding cycle has closed.  Therefore, your bidding position could change after the normal cycle closing time at midnight on a Tuesday.   The correct queue position will not be apparent until Wednesday morning after 2am.

If you need any help or support in making your bids, please contact the housing options centre or housing office in the area in which you live.

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