Bid for a Home

Council tenants and households on the housing register will be able to search and bid for council and housing association properties on our Housing Online website. For further information about the housing register and how to apply to join, see The housing register.

To be able to bid for a home, first you need to log into or register for My Account. You will only need to register once.

Once you have logged into or registered for My Account you can set up your Housing Online account and access Bid for a Home, where you will be able to search and bid for properties you are eligible for.

You need to have a housing register reference number or your tenancy reference number in order to set up a Housing Online account. 

Go to My Account

For more information on how to access Housing Online and how to bid on properties, please see our user guides and FAQs below.

View all available properties

You can view all available properties without registering for Housing Online however you will need to register with My Account.

If you want to bid for a property you will need to register with Housing Online.


Auto-bid is a smart feature within Bid for a Home that allows the system to bid on your behalf. The system will automatically place up to 3 bids each week on eligible properties which match your chosen property preferences. You must opt into Auto-bid and select your preferences by completing the Auto-bid preferences form.

If you want to opt out of Auto-bid, you can do so using the same form.

Auto-bid form

This form can only be completed by users with a current Housing Register application and who have registered for Housing Online. Please read our Bid for a Home FAQs to understand if enabling Auto-bid is right for you.

User guides and frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We have created guides and videos to help you register and use Housing Online and Bid for a home.

Housing Online and Bid for a home guides

Bid for a home FAQs

How we decide which homes are allocated to you

This Housing Allocation Scheme sets out the rules by which affordable housing is allocated to applicants who are eligible and qualify to be on the council’s Housing Register. View the council's Housing Allocations Scheme.