Once you are on the priority banding and bedroom category, you can bid for homes through Sussex Homemove.
About Sussex Homemove – choice-based lettings
We use a ‘choice-based letting’ scheme called Sussex Homemove (external link).
Sussex Homemove is the lettings scheme for council and housing association homes in Wealden, Rother and Hastings.
You can use Sussex Homemove if you are an existing tenant seeking a transfer within your council’s area or a home seeker applying for the first time. The scheme covers all the available council and housing association homes, including sheltered housing.
Rather than the Council allocating properties, the scheme enables tenants and new housing applicants, to bid by registering an interest for the properties they are interested in.
When your application is accepted, you will be able to bid for accommodation by logging in to Sussex Homemove (external link) using your email address and password that you set when you first applied. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it on the Sussex Homemove website.
Once you find a property that you like and are eligible for, you can make a bid for it.
Bidding for a property
You can only be considered for properties if you bid through Sussex Homemove (external link).
Applicants with support needs and those who have difficulty with written English will be supported by the Housing Options Team, an appointed support provider or a translator. The Council can arrange for bids to be placed automatically by the system for vulnerable applicants.
You can have up to three bids at any one time.
All bids for a property are checked against the eligibility rules, for example any age restrictions or size of property. Ineligible bids are excluded from consideration. We will provide advice and support to applicants who regularly bid for properties they are not eligible for.
More information about bidding for homes can be found in section 8 of our Allocations Policy 2015 (pdf).
Getting help with bidding
You can ask for automatic bidding to be set up if you need help to bid. Contact the Housing Options Team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Successful bids – Being offered a property
Once bidding is closed the Council contacts those at the top of the shortlist to offer the property.
If your bid is successful and you are offered a property, we will contact you to arrange a viewing. You can decide to accept or refuse the offer.
You will be able to see feedback in your Sussex Homemove account about the number of bids for each property and the band of the successful bidders so that applicants can assess for themselves the availability of accommodation in their preferred areas.
Refusing an offer
If your bid is successful and an offer is made, you can refuse the property. However, if you refuse a property without good reason, we may place your application in Band D and/or remove your application from the housing register or discharge any housing duty to you.
The Council needs to retain some flexibility to deal with exceptional circumstances. At the discretion of the Head of Housing, the Council may allocate properties directly, without advertising through homemove. More details about direct lettings can be found in section 10 of our Allocations Policy 2015 (pdf).