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Housing application

You will need to join the housing register by applying through the choice based letting scheme, Gateway to Homechoice. You only have to fill in one application form to be considered for both housing association or council properties in any of these areas:

  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Babergh District Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council

How to make an application

You can register online from any PC, for example from home or at the public access computers at Greenstead local office or in any library, including the Colchester town centre library. If you are not able to use a computer to make your application please contact the Housing Options team.

How likely is it that I will get a council home?

When you join the housing register, your application will be assessed to see how urgent your need for a home is. You will then placed in one of a number of different bands depending on your need. The people on the highest priority bands have the most chance of getting a home. It is important to realise that only around 20% of people on the housing register are successful in getting a home.  If you are in the lowest band, it is unlikely you will get a home.

How the bidding process works

Available properties are advertised once a week. You will be able to bid on properties which meet your need by visiting the Gateway to Homechoice once you have registered. Once the weekly bidding cycle closes, all bids for each property are sorted out into priority order. This means that people with the most urgent need for a home go at the top of the list.

A shortlist of the top three people is drawn up. A viewing of the property is arranged for the three people on the shortlist. If the first person likes the property, they can accept it. If they decide not to, we then move down the list to the next person.