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South Derbyshire Homefinder

Stage 3 - Shortlist and offer

Council and Housing Association Rented

Every applicant that has bid for a property is placed on a list.  This is called a shortlist.  A Shortlist is sorted by:

1. The band the property was advertised to

2. The number of verified housing needs

3. The Homeless acceptance date - if it is a property advertised to the Emergency Band

4. The band award date

The landlord of the property is always responsible for making offers.  They may carry out checks before offering you the property, such as rent checks or housing circumstance checks.  The landlord also has the ability to 'skip' you and move down to the next applicant if they do not feel you are suitable.

If you are offered the property you will be invited to view it before deciding if it is suitable.  If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person on the shortlist. You will not normally be penalised for refusing a property and will continue to be able to bid for properties advertised.  You may be penalised for a refusing a property if you are in the Emergency Band.

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

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

Low cost home ownership

As soon as the advertising cycle closes we will send your details to the housing association or estate agency that is selling the property.  They will contact you, assess your ability to afford the property and if eligible invite you to view the property.

Low cost home ownership properties are prioritised to people on the South Derbyshire Homefinder Register, who are first-time buyers and have a housing need.


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