Homefinder is a partnership between the council and housing providers in the county. You can use this to search and apply for a home.
To be considered for a property, you must apply to join the housing register.
Further information is available from Northumberland’s common allocation policy.
To bid for a property, you need to be registered with our service.
You can also find out about the properties available in the following ways:
If you see a property you would like to be considered for, you will need to bid via the Homefinder website, or any of the above locations. Bids can only be placed from 12:01am Thursday until 11:59pm the following Monday. You can also place a bid by calling 0345 270 1997.
Frequently asked questions about bidding
Can I bid for properties in any area of Northumberland?
You can bid for any properties you are eligible for, regardless of their location in Northumberland. Some properties may be subject to certain conditions, but if this is the case, we will clearly state the conditions in the advertisement.
How long will I have to bid for a property?
Bids can only be placed during the advertising cycle. This is between 12:01am Thursday and 11:59pm the following Monday.
Will I know how many other people are interested in the same property?
Yes, when you bid for a property, you will be able to see your position in the queue. This is likely to change frequently, due to others bidding for the same property.
Can I withdraw my bid once it has been accepted?
You can withdraw your bid at any time.
How do you decide who is offered a property?
Once the closing date for bids has passed, a shortlist is drawn up. This is in order of eligibility according to the criteria advertised and the priority band and housing register registration date of the applicant. The applicant at the top of the list, will normally be offered the property.
If my bid is successful, will I definitely be made an offer?
You may not be invited to view the property for the following reasons:
If I am offered a property, will I be able to view it before making up my mind?
Yes, you will be given an opportunity to view the property before deciding whether you would like to accept.
What if I don’t like the property when I have seen it?
If you refuse three or more reasonable offers, your application will be reviewed. The landlord will tell you at the time whether they consider the offer to be reasonable and why.
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