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Step 3 - Offer

All bids received will be shortlisted and put in priority order at the end of the bidding period, to produce a list of eligible applicants for each property advertised. The housing association/landlord of the property will carry out any outstanding eligibility checks (e.g. rent checks, household circumstance checks).

If your name is at the top of the short list you will normally be invited to view the property

There may be times that a Housing Association decides not to make an offer to a person on the shortlist.  This is known as ‘skipping’ the bid.  Common reasons for skipping a bid are include rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, or the landlord is taking legal action against you for breaching a tenancy condition. If the Registered Housing Provider is unable to offer the property to the applicant at the top of the list they will move to the next applicant and so on.

If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person on the short list. If you refuse a property you will be able to bid for future properties advertised. However, if you refuse 5 or more offers made to you following successful bids, your application may be suspended.  You will need to contact the Coventry Homefinder Team within 28 days to show that the refusals were reasonable in order for your application to be reopened. If you do not, the application will be closed. You must think carefully about the property and whether you want to move there before placing a bid.

If you are offered a property you will not be short listed for other properties until you have decided to either accept or refuse the offer.

If you accept the property you will be advised by the housing association when you can move in.

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