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07-01-2018, 06:36   #1
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Hi!

I want to rent a property from the council or housing associations.

Please can someone kindly send me a link to a website that I can bid on properties etc. please?

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07-01-2018, 07:47   #2
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You have to register with SCC first, you need a user ID to bid for properties. Some info here: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/co...ncil-home.html
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07-01-2018, 11:14   #3
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as the previous reply suggests, you have to register your interest in council properties and meet certain criteria to "qualify".
https://www.sheffieldpropertyshop.org.uk/

unless you have conditions which give you some priority, you could be in for a long wait to actually acquire a tenancy.

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the days when "ordinary" people can get social housing are gone.
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09-01-2018, 07:13   #5
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As mentioned, you have to register. Applicants are graded on need and prioritised. Living in substandard rented housing, for instance, can get you a grade sufficient to get a log-on. From there you can start bidding.

While this might seem to be an impossible task, it can work, especially if you don't need a property that's adapted for special needs, or you're flexible on area.

If properties go un-let they are offered to bidders with lower priorities. So with some patience, it's possible to be offered properties you've bid on even if you are graded with a low priority.

New stock arrives weekly, so the trick is A) Register, B) keep searching, and C) place bids, even if the task seems impossible at first.

One downside is that once housed, you're unlikely to be offered anything else if you take up a tenancy and decide you don't like it after a while.

If you are offered a property there are varying regulations up and down the country about how long you have to accept it, and removal from the register if you do or don't accept.

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Tina has taken time to add a bit of depth in her answer for clarity and she has made some good points for you to ponder over. if you do "..take up a tenancy and decide you don't like it after a while.." There used to be an option of "a mutual exchange" whereby council tenants can propose to swap their homes for homes in other areas of the city but i'm not sure of the technicalities on that option.. anyway all is not lost if you feel forced to take a home and then don't get on with the neighbours or bus routes or schools etc. We wish you well in your search... get your foot on the ladder
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the days when "ordinary" people can get social housing are gone.
what an idiotic comment, no they're not currently 16 properties on a first come first served this week
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what an idiotic comment, no they're not currently 16 properties on a first come first served this week
what are you on about
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what are you on about
He means there are currently 16 properties advertised by the council that anyone can request, no priority, no waiting time needed. That's as well as however many also currently advertised for people either with an amount of waiting time, or with priority.
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He means there are currently 16 properties advertised by the council that anyone can request, no priority, no waiting time needed. That's as well as however many also currently advertised for people either with an amount of waiting time, or with priority.
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what an idiotic comment, no they're not currently 16 properties on a first come first served this week
you mean ther are 16 properties on the massive housing register that nobody wants, they are that bad they are on a first come first served basis?

Narden Dee please reply
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14-01-2018, 01:33   #11
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Ok i will answer



you mean ther are 16 properties on the massive housing register that nobody wants, they are that bad they are on a first come first served basis?

Narden Dee please reply
define "ordinary people"
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Having had many dealings with the housing department, the rehousing system works thusly:

Properties are advertised using a banding system.

The majority of properties will be advertised to the priority bands - A, B, C. The rest of the properties will be advertised to people who have accrued waiting time and who are not in priority need. So...

If you do not have priority and bid on a priority property, you will not be considered until the list of priority applicants who have bid has been exhausted i.e. they have refused the offer. If it's advertised to waiting time, it will simply go to the person who has been on the list the longest.

Then you have Band E which is the lowest band for those who have arrears or who have committed a low level of ASB.

There are also properties let to First Come First Served. These are properties which have been advertised but which no one wanted.

There are a few other criteria which apply, but the above is it in a nutshell.

The first thing you must do is register. Go to the Sheffield Property Shop website and complete the online form. You will also need to provide ID for your application to be processed.

Of course... you could always phone and ask to speak to someone in rehousing who will be able to answer any questions and fully explain how it all works. Or, call in to your local housing office. But that probably seems a bit too easy compared just asking on a public forum...
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14-01-2018, 10:01   #13
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this is a little C + P from SCC info on the subject.

Along with your application form, applicants are required to provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and a reference when applying to join the Housing Register. For further information on providing ID and a reference, please see the guidance here. In short, you will need to provide:

One form of ‘primary’ ID for the applicant (and joint applicant). If this does not include a photograph, for example a birth certificate, we will also require a passport style photograph.
Proof of address for the applicant (and joint applicant).
Proof of child benefit for all children aged 16 or under who are named on the application. This should be your most recent child benefit award letter.
A reference from a suitable person using the Sheffield City Council reference template. This will usually be your current or most recent landlord.

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define "ordinary people"
definition

there are no such people, every body is different to anybody els, but every body is a person and as such we are all the same,
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14-01-2018, 16:28   #14
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ALL above seems pretty much correct as a tara sec only last week I had a chap tell me he got a great property on 1st come basis as know one wanted it because the last person died of natural causes in bed,and although it may seem hard if it suits you then take it,i live at lowedges and its not a bad place to live and has improved in the last ten years and now only has a average crime rate,but its 6 miles from town,so think about travel ect for your own needs,good luck
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the days when "ordinary" people can get social housing are gone.
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definition

there are no such people, every body is different to anybody els, but every body is a person and as such we are all the same,
So again why make the idiotic comment?
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So again why make the idiotic comment?
Explain your post, it does not make sense,
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Explain your post, it does not make sense,
what do you mean by your comment
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i dont think i can be any clearer
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what do you mean by your comment
i dont think i can be any clearer


I do, i think you could be alot clearer

maybe you could bring this into your post when you write it.

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In Sheffield, 170 miles north, Richard meets some of the people who are sitting on the country's longest waiting list for social housing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/panorama/..._and_vict.html
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I do, i think you could be alot clearer

maybe you could bring this into your post when you write it.

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In Sheffield, 170 miles north, Richard meets some of the people who are sitting on the country's longest waiting list for social housing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/panorama/..._and_vict.html
so you cant explain what you mean by ordinary people.

also the report is misleading and now 7 years old but hey you carry on posting nonsense
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I do, i think you could be alot clearer

maybe you could bring this into your post when you write it.

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In Sheffield, 170 miles north, Richard meets some of the people who are sitting on the country's longest waiting list for social housing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/panorama/..._and_vict.html
Many social housing providers don't accept anyone onto their register/waiting list unless they 'need' housing in the near future. Sheffield lets anyone register who is eligible for social housing. Most never place a bid for a property, so the report about the 'longest' waiting list doesn't show the real picture if compared properly to London boroughs for example. If those properties that 'no one wants' were advertised in some other cities, they'd be snapped up immediately.
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