Information about the housing register
Housing Register Bidding Cycle
Please be advised that there will be a temporary suspension to Brentwood Council’s HomeOptions bidding cycle whilst we implement the new Allocation Policy 2021.
The suspension will start from 1st September 2021 to allow our current housing register applicants to re-register under our new policy.
Suspension on all current Housing Register Applicants
All current Housing Register applicants will now be suspended and you will be required to re-register under the new Allocations Policy 2021.
A member of the Housing Options team will write to you with details of how to re-register and how the new policy may affect your application.
It is important to follow the steps within 14 days of receiving your re-registration invitation to avoid being removed from the register.
Please be advised that the Housing Options Team are in the process of emailing all current housing register applicants inviting them to re-register.
We are aware that the email has been delivered to the ‘junk mail’ folder for some of our applicants.
Please ensure you check your ‘junk mail’ as you may have already been sent an email regarding your current application.
Expressing an interest in available homes
You need to be registered to allow you to express interest in available Council or Housing Association homes in the Borough through HomeOption (Choice-based Lettings).
The rules applicable to eligibility and allocations are contained within the Allocations Policy 2021 pdf. We would advise you to read this prior to applying.
Please note: Just because you register, does not mean you will be successful in being housed in the short or medium term. There is a significant shortage of accommodation across the Borough compared to the number of people looking to be housed. The length an applicant may have to wait will depend upon their individual circumstances and how often bids are placed through HomeOption.
Our policy is that only applicants on the Transfer List may bid on houses. This enables the flats and maisonettes currently occupied by transfer applicants to be made available to applicants on our housing register (HomeSeekers), which we consider to be the fairest way of allocating property.
HomeSeekers are applicants not currently in social accommodation, or whom are in social accommodation outside of the Borough.
Transfer Applicants are those individuals who are existing tenants of Brentwood Borough Council or were nominated by Brentwood Borough Council to a Housing Association property within the Borough.