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Step 3 - Offer

All bids received will be put in priority order to produce a list of eligible applicants for each property advertised. People will be prioritised by the highest banding first (band A+) and then by the earliest priority housing date. This
will ensure that those in the greatest housing needs will be considered first.

We will also carry out any outstanding eligibility checks (rent checks, household circumstances checks).

If your name is at the top of the priority list you will normally be invited to view the property unless there are reasons why we are unable to do this, for example you have rent arrears or your landlord is taking legal action against you for breaching a tenancy condition or your circumstances have changed and you haven’t told us.

If no eligible bids are received from people in Band A+, we will then move to Band A, then B,then C and so on.

If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person on the priority list. Any offers made that are subsequently refused will count as one of your two offers allowed (or only offer if you have been accepted by the Council as homeless and are living in temporary accommodation).

If you are offered a property you will not be able to bid for other properties until you have decided to either accept or refuse the offer. If you accept the property after you have viewed it you will be advised of when you can move in. The landlord will tell you when you need to sign the tenancy agreement and collect the keys.

Statement on the protection of public funds

You should be aware that it is a criminal offence if you either knowingly or recklessly make a statement which is false or withhold information which is relevant to the assessment of your application.

The Council will continue to check the details of your application even though it has already been approved. If the Council’s enquiries at any time disclose that you have committed such an offence, it will consider bringing a prosecution against you. The penalty for such an offence if you are found guilty is a fine up to £5,000. You will also be automatically disqualified from the housing register.

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