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Once the bidding cycle has closed at midnight on a Sunday all of the bids received will be put in priority order. Priority within the band is determined by:

  • Band (Band 1 is the highest and Band 4 is the lowest)
  • Priority date (The date the application was awarded that band)
  • Registration date

The applicant with the highest priority and who meets all of the advert and preference criteria and who is therefore at the top of the shortlist will be nominated to the Registered Provider or selected by Winchester City Councils Landlord Services.  This means that even if you are in queue position one you may not necessarily be successful for the property if you do not meet all of the advert criteria.

The landlord of the property will carry out any outstanding eligibility checks such as:

  • Checks for rent arrears and anti-social behaviour
  • Confirm the household circumstances

It remains the decision of the Registered Provider (Landlord) or Winchester Landlord Services, whether to accept you for a property in accordance with its own Lettings Policy. 

If your application is first on the shortlist you will normally be invited to view the property unless there are reasons why we are unable to do this.  For example:

  • You are no longer eligible or
  • You no longer qualify or
  • You have rent arrears or
  • Your landlord is taking legal action against you for breaching a tenancy condition

If the landlord is unable to offer the property to the person at the top of the shortlist they will consider the next person on the shortlist who meets the advert criteria.

If you bid on a property advertised as giving priority to applicants with a local connection to a specific area and you do not have a qualifying local connection to that area you will be skipped.

If you decide to refuse a property it will be offered to the next person on the shortlist who meets the advert criteria.

Once you are match suggested to a property you will not be considered for other properties until you have decided to either accept or refuse the property you have bene match suggested to.

You will not normally be penalised for refusing your first property and will continue to be able to bid for properties advertised.  If you refuse two properties within a six month period your application will be suspended for six months from the date of the second refusal.

If you accept the property, the letting of the property will be organised by the landlord.