By “bid” we simply mean ‘apply for a property’. Customers can bid for one property every week. You can bid using:
this website: www.southwarkhomesearch.org.uk
TO BID YOU WILL NEED:
your Homesearch registration number
your date of birth or memorable number
Properties are expected to attract bids from a lot of people. You should only place a bid if you are satisfied that the property will meet your needs. This means that you do not have to place a bid every week. You can find out your snapshot queue position when you make a bid. This will tell you how many bids have already been placed on the same property by customers with a higher priority than you. Please be aware that permanent offers are not furnished and will not have floor coverings such as carpet or laminate unless this has been left by the previous tenant and has been deemed to be acceptable to be left. Occassionally, some new build properties may have white goods included, this will be clearly stated in the marketing information in these cases. Only place bids for properties where you can afford the rent charges and check the council tax banding on line as it may be higher than you are currently paying.
Please note that viewings usually take place during the week following close of the cycle. Do not bid if you will not be available to view at this time for example if you are travelling or on holiday. Representatives will not be permitted to view the property on your behalf and the property will not be held for your return.
Check your bids' progress
As more customers bid, queue positions may change - you can go up or down the queue depending on the priority of other bidders. Bids can be checked, withdrawn and transferred to different properties at any time during each bidding cycle using the website, or the bidding hotline. This is a good way to increase your chances, especially near to the end of the bidding cycle when you can get a realistic idea of your final position and thus withdraw bids which are not doing well. There is no advantage to bidding too early in the bidding cycle, as it is not a first come first served system.