Only a small number of applicants on the Housing Register are successful in being re-housed. This is because there are not enough homes for everyone, but don't worry! Here are our top tips for bidding, and for other home choices, to help you get the home you need.
Top Tips for bidding
- Use each of your three bids every week.
- Consider all areas of Wolverhampton.
- Bid on flats as well as houses.
- If you are in Band 2/3 - try to use your bids on homes with ‘preference to bands 2/3’.
- If you have a local connection - bid on homes advertised with a ‘preference with a local connection’.
Consider all Housing Choices (see below)
Other ways to find a new home
Other lettings websites
Register with Midland Heart’s choice based lettings scheme at www.homesdirect.org.uk.
If you are a council or registered provider (housing association) tenant look for a mutual exchange and swap homes with another tenant.
Look into renting privately as this can be a quicker way of finding a new home:
Rent with Confidence:
The Council's Rent with Confidence scheme is a star rated register of landlords and properties. Anyone looking for a property can check currently available rental properties and sign up to get property alerts. Agents/Landlords can register on the site to advertise private housing, houses, flats, lodgings and properties available within The Wolverhampton area.
Private sector leased properties:
Private Sector Leasing was introduced by Wolverhampton Homes in 2009 to support with the high demands of housing required in the City. Wolverhampton Homes work with Landlords in the city taking on the full management of their properties, from finding tenants, collection of rents and undertaking the management of repairs, with a lease agreement with the landlord for a period of 3, 5 or 7 years. Some properties are advertised here on Homes in the City and allocated using the bidding system and others are advertised on Zoopla on a first come first served basis.
Rent Deposit Scheme:
If you are homeless or threatened with homeslessness the Rent Deposit Scheme can help towards the cost of your deposit.
Check before you Rent:
The Homestamp Consortium has produced a mobile app: Check Before You Rent – the definitive guide to use if you are looking to rent a property. The app contains three checklists which ask all the important questions, including legal requirements, which prospective tenants should be asking landlords when they are considering a rental home.
WV Living is a Wolverhampton-based new house builder with a commitment to providing the best for the people of Wolverhampton. WV Living is wholly owned by the City of Wolverhampton Council and supports buyers through market rent, Help to Buy and Shared Ownership. Visit WV Living.
Other low cost home ownership
There are different options to help you buy a home which is affordable for you and meets your needs. Visit orbithelptobuy.co.uk.